Tomorrow’s Warfare, Held Back By Today

By Sam Buisman Entering into a war is like stepping into a river: while the environment is familiar, your immediate surroundings are constantly changing. War always involves a number of opposing parties engaged in armed conflict, but the means by which it is waged have changed drastically over time. “Armed” embodies a different definition for…

CPTPP: The Revival of the TPP

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee On March 8th, the same day Trump authorized tariffs on steel and aluminum, trade ministers of 11 Asian countries signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It is a derivative trade deal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a hot topic of debate during the last presidential election. Although the United…

Space: The New Military Frontier

“There is no war in space, just as there is no war in cyberspace. There is only war, and war can extend into any domain” –  Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, March 20th, 2018 By: Jason Geissler Despite numerous treaties over the last half-century to prevent the militarization of outer…

Is Microfinance the Universal Poverty Reduction Tool?

By: Maggie Winding Microfinance and micro-loans have, since their conception, been hailed as a “miracle tool” for alleviating poverty in developing countries. Many, however, myself included, remain unconvinced that microfinance is necessarily the solution to resolving the vast disparity in economic achievement that many nations face. Therefore, as a deeper exploration of this topic, this article…

What Should the World think of Xi Jinping Ending China’s Term Limits?

By: Simon Fischer China’s National People’s Congress voted recently to pass a constitutional amendment that abolished the country’s Mao-era two-term limit on the office of the president. Current president Xi Jinping was expected to step down in 2023 at the end of his second term, but this amendment allows him to rule well beyond that…

Who is in the Driver’s Seat Now?

By: Robert Ryu On March 5, 2018, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea dispatched an envoy led by Chung Eui-young, South Korea’s national security adviser, to North Korea. The envoy followed Kim Jong-un’s sister’s visit, Kim Yo-jong, to South Korea for her attendance at the Olympics opening ceremony. During her visit, she delivered Mr. Kim’s…

Religious Conservatism on the Rise in Indonesian and Malaysian Elections

By: Cherui Chew It will soon be election season in various countries across Southeast Asia, but observers are hardly optimistic about the political development in the region due to the rise of populism and socially conservative trends. Two of the growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are both secular countries with a majority…

Maybe it’s Time to Take Time: China’s Ban on Recyclables

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes Starting this year, China will stop accepting recyclable waste (metals, plastics, rubber, paper, cardboard, and textiles) from the United States. China notified the World Trade Organization last summer that it will no longer accept foreign recycled waste, citing “protection of human health or safety” and “protection of the environment.”  This ban on recycled…

Will the World Win Gold in the 2018 Olympics

By: Alyse Samoray The 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9, 2018, with a historic moment: South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong.  Along with 500 other North Koreans, Kim Yo-jong, who has been described as a close confidant to her…