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...