Asia-Pacific


How Trump’s “America-First” Policy Strengthens China’s Global Standing

As China transforms into an increasingly service-based, first-world economy, a less involved United States will only accelerate China’s process of geopolitical and economic expansion.


Prodding Pyongyang: China’s Coal Ban and Future North Korean Policy

China’s ban on North Korean coal marks a major shift in its strategy for dealing with the country, but not necessarily a change in its core interests.


Understanding Aung San Suu Kyi’s Silence on the Rohingya

While Rohingya Muslims are oppressed in Myanmar, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has stayed silent.


The Fall of Liberalism?

Le Pen. Duterte. Brexit. Trump. It might be appropriate to dub 2016, the “year of populism,” as hundreds of millions of voters around the world have forcefully rejected the political institutions and policies that have been the backbone of 20th century liberalism and democracy. While the motivations and psychology of this global electorate will takes […]


The Evaporation of the Status Quo in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s veteran dictator and first President, Islam Karimov, left his country as he ruled it: plagued by inconsistencies in news reports, government cover-ups, and incorrigible deceit. While Karimov reportedly died on September 2nd at the age of 78 due to a brain hemorrhage, he likely passed away well before his government’s official announcement. The full […]


North Korea: China’s Liability?

Should China continue to support the Hermit Kingdom despite its destabilizing and aggressive actions, China will hinder its strategic goals in East Asia and beyond.