Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Jan 18, 2021

With a new US administration about to be inaugurated, it is prudent to look at the dynamics and variables shaping the future of one of the world’s most important relationships, that between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump came into office looking to take a more aggressive approach...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs
Jan 12, 2021

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

Kim Jung-un’s Understanding of Self-Reliance
Jan 07, 2021

Kim Jung-un’s Understanding of Self-Reliance

Asia’s Lèse-Majesté Laws Are a Futile Attempt to Stifle Dissent
Jan 06, 2021

Asia’s Lèse-Majesté Laws Are a Futile Attempt to Stifle Dissent

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Dec 15, 2020

While the international community’s attention is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a myriad of crisis, from the wars in Syria and Yemen to the Middle East peace process, Brexit and a severe global economic downturn, climate change continues to wreak havoc on societies around the world,...

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Dec 14, 2020

Joe Biden was not elected for his positions on foreign policy and national security. Few US presidential candidates are. In his debates with outgoing President Donald Trump prior to the election, those issues were hardly discussed. So, the success or failure of the Biden presidency will not be...

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Dec 10, 2020

John Bolton has done many things in his past, including serving as US ambassador to the United Nations and as national security adviser to President Donald Trump. Wikipedia calls him a “diplomat” because of the posts he has occupied, but both his discourse and his actions in the world of...

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

Dec 02, 2020

The reason for the China-India standoff in the Galwan Valley may not be the oft-mentioned construction of the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road. The new thoroughfare improved Indian logistics in the Ladakh area, meaning that supplies and troops can be deployed with far greater speed....

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Recovery Must Include Microfinance Reform

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Recovery Must Include Microfinance Reform

Nov 19, 2020

In Cambodia, more than 2 million of the country’s 10-million-strong adult workforce hold a microcredit loan. Each of those loans comes to an average of $3,320, or twice the per capita GDP of the country. While microcredit was once considered a useful tool, without a national social assistance...

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

Nov 16, 2020

History undergoes serious change thanks in particular to slow events that fly below the media’s radar. Focusing on dramatic, immediate events, the media tends to neglect the major shifts that unfold over time. Paradoxically, slowly developing events that often go unreported tell the true story...

Welcome Back, America?

Welcome Back, America?

Nov 13, 2020

America may well be divided about Donald Trump, but the rest of the world isn’t. The soon-to-be-former president has gotten high marks in the Philippines and Israel, a passing grade in a couple of African countries and India, and dismal reviews pretty much everywhere else. US allies in...

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

Oct 30, 2020

Despite all the obstacles, Americans are voting in huge numbers prior to Election Day. With a week to go, nearly 70 million voters have sent in their ballots or stood on line for early voting. The pandemic hasn’t prevented them from exercising their constitutional right. Nor have...

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

Oct 27, 2020

Germany is a federation, and so are Belgium, Spain and Austria. Switzerland is a confederation — something of a federation plus. Federations consist of relatively autonomous entities, like states in the US, states and territories in Australia, provinces in Canada, Länder in Germany and Austria,...

No Democratic Guarantee in Myanmar and US

No Democratic Guarantee in Myanmar and US

Oct 27, 2020

The presidential elections in Myanmar have been set for November 8, just days after the US goes to the polls on November 3. Both countries have a history of keeping minorities in line by blocking their ability to vote and hold office. A brief comparison between the two is enough to illustrate...

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