INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Progress on a Nuclear-Free North Korea Stalled, Not Halted

U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of February ended early...
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

What Is Xi Jinping’s Major Power Diplomacy?

The Chinese Communist Party began its annual fortnight-long National People’s Congress this week. This year’s session is of particular interest to the international community as everyone is waiting for a…
FINANCE

Waiting, and Waiting, for the Global Renminbi

“Great powers,” says the Nobel-laureate economist Robert Mundell, “have great currencies.” So where is China’s? In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, things seemed to be looking up for…
INCLUSIVENESS

Reckoning with Graying Asia

The past few years have seen workers in Asia becoming increasingly restive and concerned over pensions. Demands for reform have erupted into street protests in China, French Polynesia, India, New…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Allies Not Out of America’s Line of Fire

There is an old idea in retail: a shop should always have a loss leader, something flashy in the front that lures in passers-by. The U.S.’ China policy perhaps functions…
ENVIRONMENT

Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia: Debunking Popular Myths

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) distinguishes itself by being a laggard in terms of renewable energy deployment...
SECURITY

The Philippines’ Maritime Conundrum

The standoff over territorial rights to the South China Sea has exposed the depth of the Philippines’ reliance on the waterway for food and energy…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China and the Rise of Africa

China’s role in Africa is growing, and is becoming key to the continent’s economic rise. Already, China is Africa’s largest trade partner. The volume of…
INCLUSIVENESS

DNA and the Globalization of Humanity

Regardless of how an individual racially or ethnically self-identifies, they will see a DNA test result showing multiple divisions in their bloodline, simplified by many…
ENVIRONMENT

Why the “Anthropocene” Is Not “Climate Change” and Why It Matters

“Anthropocene” is a widely proposed name for the geological epoch that covers human impact on our planet. But it is not synonymous with “climate change,”…
TRADE

Personal Business: Why Nigerian Traders Travel to China

Mr. and Mrs. Alhaji (names have been changed) are the owners of a successful textile wholesaling firm in Lagos, Nigeria. They import from a variety…
INCLUSIVENESS

More Women in Boardrooms Means Greener, Better Business

The findings of a new study highlight the importance of gender diversity in a boardroom in making environmental decisions: firms with more female directors on…
ENVIRONMENT

Mind Games: The Effects of Air Pollution on Cognition

While the toll that breathing polluted air exacts on health and physical wellbeing is richly documented, lesser known is its impact on human intelligence. In…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China in Africa: Practicing Diplomacy as a Great Power

Over the course of his presidency so far, Xi Jinping has carefully but explicitly reoriented China from diplomacy with major powers to diplomacy as a…
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