A Great Leap Backward

By Ryan Thiele The People’s Republic of China has experienced unparalleled economic growth since the reversal of Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward, surpassing even the astronomical growth of post-war Japan. Despite the country’s current political and economic strength, China is confronting a food crisis similar to that which Mao himself faced, a crisis which…

Tensions in Kashmir: The Beginning of the Fifth Indo-Pakistan War?

By: McKenna Ross On February 14, 2019, a suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary Indians in the Kashmir region of India. The Indian government accused the Jaish-i-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based militant group, of the attack, but Pakistan denied the group’s presence in its country.  Pakistan was willing to cooperate in an investigation, but India chose a more…

Gender Inequality Threatens to Make the Korean Wave a Ripple

By: Matthew Maurice In 2012, a historic milestone was reached in pop culture history. For the first time, a YouTube video reached over a billion views. While this was bound to happen eventually, most would have guessed that it would be a popular Western artist or YouTuber, or a hilariously rewatchable animal video that broke…

Fiji’s Online Safety Act: A ‘Trojan Horse’ for Internet Censorship

By: Jack Urban With the passage of the Online Safety Act, the Republic of Fiji has modernized its historical control over information. What does this mean for the world in an age of a growing lack of control over malicious actors on the internet? Everything. Fiji’s history may be fraught with coups d’etat, but the young…

The Battle for India is On

By: Michael Sauer In a matter of weeks, the largest election in the history of democracy will commence. Squaring off are two grand political coalitions spearheaded by very dissimilar, yet equally charismatic leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to cement another 5-year lease on government with his potent Bharatiya Janata Party (“Indian People’s Party”). Challenging Modi…

Cyclone Idai Devastates Africa, UN Notes “Alarm Bell” for Climate Change

By: Tom Quinn On March 15, Cyclone Idai slammed the Southeast African countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving approximately 1.85 million people in need of assistance. The African coastline, where a majority of the continent’s population resides, has only just begun to recuperate from the 100mph winds which destroyed tens of thousands of homes. There…

United States’ Grand Strategy on China in 2019

By: Daniel Yun According to historian Victor Davis Hanson, grand strategy is the use of all a state’s military, economic, and diplomatic resources to achieve or further its own interests.  However, the challenge with every grand strategy is the state having unlimited aspirations with limited capabilities. The United States needs to develop a viable strategy to…

Trade War Breakthrough? Trump and Xi Agree to Ceasefire

By: William Keenan The G-20 Summit concluded December 1st, 2018 with numerous agreements and deals signed. However, one of the most important was the momentary ceasefire between China and the United States in regards to the ongoing trade war. President Trump has agreed not to ratchet up tariffs on more than $200 billion of Chinese goods…