Asia-Pacific


BMI Boom and Economic Collapse in Nauru

The economy of Nauru has stagnated since the phosphate mines dried up. An obesity epidemic has ensued that the nation must address with its limited means.


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 […]


The Trouble with Tourists

Child sex workers are exploited all over the world by a tourism industry that profits directly from their abuse.


Holding It Together: The TPP’s Reception Abroad

The signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have diverse interests that are bound together in the trade deal. But much rests on the United States.


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.