The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism

Nov 25, 2020

In early October, French President Emmanuel Macron, as a preparation for the 2022 election, made the decision to mount a campaign blaming France’s Muslims for their failure to embrace the country’s increasingly dogmatic “Republican culture.” To counter Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration...

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc
Nov 16, 2020

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

Why Is the US Losing Against China in an Espionage War?
Oct 26, 2020

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

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing
Oct 21, 2020

Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Policing

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...

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,...

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

Oct 05, 2020

China is well on its way to becoming a cashless society. More than 600 million Chinese already use Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay to pay for much of what they purchase. Between them, the two companies control approximately 90% of China’s mobile payments market, which totaled some...

TikTok: The Future of “Less American” Tech

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

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

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

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

Sep 15, 2020

China and India have never been friendly neighbors. The laws of geopolitics set the two Asian giants against one another. In recent years, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s confrontation with the US and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitions for a powerful and global India have inflamed...

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...

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