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
Nov 16, 2020

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

Welcome Back, America?
Nov 13, 2020

Welcome Back, America?

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise
Oct 30, 2020

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

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...

The Importance of the US-South Korea Relationship

The Importance of the US-South Korea Relationship

Oct 26, 2020

There are many things we look for in a president. We look for leadership and the ability to manage grave challenges like a pandemic. While most people are focused on avoiding COVID-19 and keeping their jobs, we would be wise to remember that one of the most important roles for any president is to...

Why Is the US Losing Against China in an Espionage War?

Why Is the US Losing Against China in an Espionage War?

Oct 26, 2020

Chinese espionage cases in the US have assumed alarming proportions. On July 7, Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, declared: “We’ve now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the...

Is Realism in Foreign Policy Realistic?

Is Realism in Foreign Policy Realistic?

Oct 26, 2020

The year 2020 has understandably been a time of deep confusion in the world of diplomacy, marked by the parallel phenomena of a Donald Trump presidency that may come to an end in January 2021 and the ongoing global curse of COVID-19. Those factors and other more local ones — such as yet another...

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

Oct 21, 2020

It is unquestionably inspiring that the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired millions of Americans to question their understandings of race, policing, justice and the true nature of history. It represents, perhaps, the most hopeful global development in this most tumultuous year....

Does Beijing Prefer Biden or Trump?

Does Beijing Prefer Biden or Trump?

Oct 20, 2020

Few major events occur in the world now occur without China having a stake, directly or indirectly, in their outcome. That is because Beijing has become a force to be reckoned with, and its influence has grown to rival or even surpass that of the US in many parts of the world. Just as elections...

Will Laos Become a Model for China’s Economic Colonialism?

Will Laos Become a Model for China’s Economic Colonialism?

Oct 16, 2020

The small Southeast Asian nation of Laos stands out as a success story in COVID-19 control. With only 23 confirmed cases, it has gradually lifted lockdown measures. Success on the medical front, however, will not be enough to carry the country through the economic whiplash that pandemic...

A New Direction for Nukes and North Korea

A New Direction for Nukes and North Korea

Oct 09, 2020

North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn’t altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of...

China-India Clash Wakes Up Tibet’s Ghost of Independence

China-India Clash Wakes Up Tibet’s Ghost of Independence

Oct 07, 2020

Wildfires have been burning in California, Brazil and Siberia. Brexit is causing unending headaches in both Europe and the UK. The American election campaign has kicked off in high gear. Deaths from COVID-19 have crossed one million. US President Donald Trump’s taxes were the talk of the town,...

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