China’s New Unlikely Ally: Japan

By: William Keenan When listing Chinese allies, certain countries come to mind: Russia, North Korea, and countries within the European Union, to name a few. One name that is not mentioned? Japan, with reason. Over the years, China and Japan have fought two Sino-Japanese wars, dealt with territorial disputes, and have a general mutual hatred that…

Horror in Indonesia

By: Chandrea Baster On the 28th of September, a powerful earthquake and tsunami shook the small island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The massive 7.5 earthquake triggered a mounting tsunami that had waves up to six meters high. Nearly two and a half weeks after the natural disaster, rescue operations are still underway as the country desperately…

Peak Oil Demand: Political and Economic Consequences

By: Ryan McGuine and Sam Alhadeff In 1956, Shell geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that American oil production would peak in 1970 and decline from then on and that worldwide production would do the same sometime around 2000. This narrative, known as “peak oil supply,” predicted that as humans use increasing amounts of oil, existing…

Hip-Hop & Hegemony

By: Sam Buisman How does the Trans-Pacific Partnership relate to rapper Rich Brian’s debut album “Amen” topping the iTunes charts? How can the Paris Climate Summit explain Keith Ape scoring 52 million views on his music video for “It G Ma”? And what does Chinese foreign direct investment in Africa have to do with Joji’s…

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…