Asia

Conflict Between Giants: The Doklam Incident


In a war between China and India, students of international relations would likely argue Beijing’s victory. China’s economic and military power greatly outweighs India’s. Nonetheless, with the mutual disengagement concluding the Doklam Incident, India has gained a victory over its northern rival. Repercussions could...

Middle East

The Qatar Crisis and the Future of the GCC


Qatar is no stranger to escalation from its fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors, and severed ties with the country for “meddling in international affairs”. Before that, Saudi Arabia withdrew its diplomatic corps from...

Asia

China’s Subtle Plan for Naval Expansionism


Deng Xiaoping’s “24-Character Strategy” emerged in 1990 in response to the global backlash of Tiananmen Square a year prior. Its subtlety matches its potency: “Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never...

Global

Currency Wars: Repressive Regimes Turned Crypto-Criminals


Bitcoin was first mentioned in a research paper from late 2008 as a form of money that would be untraceable and free from interference by governments and central banks. Anyone with a computer can buy and sell bitcoin and transactions are instantaneous, which...

Americas

Mixed Messages in the Western Hemisphere


U.S.-Latin American relations have a long and contentious relationship. Although the United States and Latin America have worked together to address a number of challenges, the region hasn’t forgotten that the United States has been involved in numerous coups...

Asia

Addressing North Korea’s Other Weapon: A Growing Economy


Despite crippling sanctions, the North Korean economy has managed to continue its economic growth over the past several years. As the United States and its allies formulate economic and foreign policy strategies to address North Korea’s threats, Washington...

Europe

Carrot Versus Stick: Encouraging Private Collections to Self-Audit Collections for Looted Cultural Property


There is no question that the serious legal consequences of acquiring looted cultural property—either purposefully or accidentally—is often a sufficient deterrent for private collectors to avoid pursuing artifacts from countries embroiled in conflict, like...

Americas

Trump’s Rhetoric and the Sino-Latin American Relationship


Before the turn of the 21st century, Chinese relations with Latin America were limited. However, since the 2008 financial crisis, China has pumped large amounts of aid and inter-governmental loans into Latin America. China has also become active in several...