TikTok: The Future of “Less American” Tech

Sep 18, 2020

Some phenomena occur and become highly visible in the wrong place, at the wrong time. TikTok, an app created in China, came into prominence as a major source of expression and entertainment for the youth of the United States only in the past two years but rose, in that short time, to the status of...

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level
Sep 18, 2020

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?
Sep 15, 2020

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19
Sep 14, 2020

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19

The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

Sep 11, 2020

India has had a wound around its Himalayan neck ever since it suffered a humiliating defeat to China in 1962. The recent clash between Indian and China soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15 has only rubbed salt into that wound. It has come to this because when China invaded neighboring Tibet in...

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Sep 04, 2020

China’s footprint in global foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased notably since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. That served to bring Chinese overseas FDI closer to a level that one would expect, based on the country’s weight in the global economy. China...

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Sep 03, 2020

Many experts argue India is the weaker power unable to take on China. In an article in Foreign Policy, James Crabtree argues that a trade war with China would be a bad idea for India. In his view, India’s “military is inefficient, underequipped, and dogged by procurement corruption...

Xi Jinping’s Tibetan Summer of Love

Xi Jinping’s Tibetan Summer of Love

Sep 01, 2020

As reported by Al Jazeera, China’s President Xi Jinping is seeking to realize the traditional Chinese ideal of harmony within the borders of Tibet. He has a threefold goal: Xi wants to “build an ‘impregnable fortress’ to maintain stability in Tibet, protect national unity and educate the...

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Aug 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

Aug 21, 2020

On February 3, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid bare his long-awaited vision of a “global Britain” in a world after Brexit. Speaking amidst the imperial grandeur of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Johnson’s message was that the United Kingdom, liberated from the...

The Great Game of the 21st Century

The Great Game of the 21st Century

Aug 20, 2020

From 1830 to 1895, the British and Russian Empires schemed and plotted over control of Central and South Asia. At the heart of the “Great Game” was the United Kingdom’s certainty that the Russians had designs on India. So, wars were fought, borders drawn and generations of young met death in...

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

Aug 19, 2020

For decades, the Chinese government has sold to the world the notion that the Chinese economy can defy gravity, maintaining double-digit GDP growth rates year after year in the 1990s and 2000s, and staying above 6% for all of the previous decade, according to official government statistics. The...

Is Trump Preparing a Pre-Election Surprise?

Is Trump Preparing a Pre-Election Surprise?

Aug 14, 2020

In 2016, Alan Lichtman departed from conventional wisdom to predict a Donald Trump victory in that year’s presidential election. The political scientist was following something he called the “13 keys to the White House.” Using this relatively straightforward metric, Lichtman had correctly...

Can China Duplicate the US Military-Industrial Complex?

Can China Duplicate the US Military-Industrial Complex?

Aug 13, 2020

With the 2020 US election approaching, the Republicans, led by President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appear to have decided that there are only two issues worth pursuing. The first,  which they hope the American public will swallow, would be the visibly diminished...

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