Backgrounder: China x NBA

By Simon Fischer Sports and politics have always maintained a close relationship. For example, issues of race and freedom of speech entered the world of the NFL in 2016. Foreign policy, however, has mostly stayed separate from sports in any controversial manner. This context has made the recent debacle involving China and the NBA even…

Neutrality as the “Price” of Globalism

By Abby Ivancevich In a world that has come to have a few disproportionately dominant countries, international corporations and organizations are some of the only actors able to challenge such broad authority. Although not always directly affiliated with one another, they can have significant influence as a group. Sometimes, though, they choose to respond to…

Emperor Emeritus: Akihito’s Man-of-the-People Legacy

By Riley Fink Japan currently finds itself in a transitional period. Earlier this year, in a historic fashion, then-current emperor Akihito was set to abdicate of his own accord and leave the throne to his son, Naruhito. When he first conveyed this desire in 2016, it sent a shock-wave through Japanese society. This passing of…

India: A Growing, but Gendered, Economy

By Lauren Hutson India has one of the largest economies in the world and one that is quickly growing, with a GDP of 2.597 trillion (USD) and an annual GDP growth rate of 6.6%. These numbers starkly contrast women’s labor force participation and employment rates, however. The labor participation rate for women in India is…

Backgrounder: Demographic Issues in China

By Skylar Nafziger   In China, men outnumbered women by a remarkable 115 men for every 100 women last year, equating to an excess of nearly 33 million men. The problem can be attributed to China’s “one-child” policy, exercised until 2015 with the intention of combating the surging population that imposed many social and economic…

All Roads Lead to Beijing

By Ryan Thiele “The ancient silk routes thrived in times of peace, but lost vigor in times of war. The pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative requires a peaceful and stable environment.”  Those words, expressed in 2017 by President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, were to be the beginning of what…

Backgrounder: Independent Tribunal on Organ Harvesting in China

By McKenna Ross After months of collecting documentary evidence and holding hearings, an independent people’s tribunal recently concluded that the Chinese government is likely guilty of harvesting the organs of Falun Gong and Uighur Muslim prisoners, minorities that are repeatedly targeted by the Chinese government. Based on their reporting, Falun Gong is a spiritual group…

The Race to Becoming Artificially Intelligent

By Sourish Kundu We are well in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, which consists of the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Countries across the world are developing AI in hopes of bettering the lives of their citizens and expanding their role on the international stage. While President Trump’s campaign slogans claimed he would…

Climate Action: Another Victim of the U.S.-China Trade War

By Michael DeLeers The United States-China trade war has been a constant headline for the past few months. This makes sense considering the United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, and the tariffs they impose on one another have ramifications across the globe. One victim of the trade war has gone unmentioned,…

Hong Kong: Waving U.S. Flags, Lacking U.S. Support

By: Simon Fischer Grabbing the attention of the entire foreign policy world can be a tough task, especially for a small Special Administrative Region like Hong Kong. However, they have made it look easy in recent months. The densely-populated city has taken to the streets this summer in protest of a deeply unpopular “extradition bill”…