INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China, Venezuela, and the Illusion of Debt-Trap Diplomacy

In an article from early 2017, titled “China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy,” geopolitics pundit Brahma Chellaney argued that China has sought to purposely ensnare some of its South Asian neighbors in unsustainable…
ENVIRONMENT

Food Safety, Political Legitimacy, and Community in China

“Good food”—food that nourishes communities and sustains healthy ecologies—has been at the center of social movements around the world over the past four decades. The array of foods available in…
EDUCATION

The Path to Heliocentrism for China and Europe

We take it for granted that science always moves us forward. A cursory look at contemporary popular discussions about science, which feature, among other long-debunked issues, climate change denial and…
SECURITY

Technology and Maritime Imperialism in Southeast Asia

Does technology help decide who rules the world? This question is on many minds at the moment, especially vis-à-vis China and the United States, two powers that are jockeying for…
CITIES

The Science and Sensibilities of Smart Cities

As the science around smart cities becomes ever more sophisticated, the sensibilities of their inhabitants may yet be increasingly offended. Whereas cameras with real-time facial recognition herald more expedient crime…
ENVIRONMENT

Renewable Energy Is Not Always Sustainable in Southeast Asia

Energy has been in the global spotlight for some time, including in the fast-growing economies of Southeast Asia. While governments and media showcase the steps the region has taken toward…
SECURITY

Undersea Cables Are a Vital Link to Cyberspace Stability

On July 27, 2018, the Japanese government updated its cybersecurity strategy, calling for the strengthening of infrastructural protection, including that of international undersea cables. Given…
INDUSTRY

Innovation Isn’t Just About High-Tech in Asia

Many Asian economies are focusing on innovation and regional emerging markets to drive growth. The economic model “Thailand 4.0,” for example, presents a broad development…
ENVIRONMENT

China’s Air Pollution Edges Back from the Brink

Air pollution, and especially particulate matter, is one of the greatest threats to human health. It leads to respiratory and heart diseases, strokes, and lung…
ENVIRONMENT

A Possibility of Rebirth for Dongjiang River

Contaminants both obvious and subtle have made a home within our rivers. These pollutants include pesticides, fertilizers, industrial effluent, and human sewage—a mélange of chemicals…
ENVIRONMENT

Rivers in Peril: Restoring the Lifeblood of Cities

Many of the great cities of the modern world are intertwined with their rivers: London and the Thames, New York and the Hudson, Paris and…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China’s Railway Dreams Have Missing Link

The Pan-Asia Railway, a marquee project in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is to be a network of contiguous track that would stretch from…
DEMOCRACY

What Needs to be Done to Improve Government Accountability

Every organization—even a government—needs a vision. But who audits governments’ results? Political scientists would tell you that voters do. Economists would tell you that investors…
ENVIRONMENT

Depopulation Dividend for a Shrinking Japan

Japan is experiencing dramatic demographic change due to rapid aging and, since 2008, depopulation. Conventionally, these are considered to be economic “problems” to be “solved,”…
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