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PACIFIC ISLANDS

Chinese Waves: The Limits to Beijing’s Influence in the South Pacific

Charlot Salwai, prime minister of Vanuatu, and Liu Quan, Chinese ambassador to Vanuatu, 2017. Since 2011, China has provided US$1.26 billion to Pacific Island countries,…
SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram and the Psychological Perils of Social Comparisons

Social media has the potential to make us feel worse about ourselves because we have a natural tendency to make social comparisons. So in order…
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,”…
ENVIRONMENT

A Fair Society or a Fare Society?

The current linear economic model—also known as “take, make, and dispose”—is often criticized for the high pressure it puts on the environment, leading to pollution…
INCLUSIVENESS

How to Regulate Internet Platforms Without Breaking Them

In July 2018, the European Commission imposed a fine of €4.34 billion on the U.S. internet company Google for breaching E.U. antitrust rules. Specifically, Google…
ENVIRONMENT

U.S. Left Behind as China Takes Lead in Carbon Pricing

Climate change has been the subject of intense public policy discussion for at least 25 years, since the 1992 landmark Earth Summit in Rio de…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

India and Indonesia Standing in the Way of the Indo-Pacific

Promoters of the “Indo-Pacific” concept claim that growing economic and security links are contributing to the integration...
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...
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…
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