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The Arrival of a Second Hegemon

By: William Robinson Since the end of the 19th century, no nation has challenged U.S. supremacy over the Americas. The United States’ position as the hegemon of the Western Hemisphere was won with an expansionist policy. By conquering, purchasing, and annexing territories, the United States amassed the potential to become a hegemon, but it did…

Protesters gathered at Harcourt Road on Sept. 29, eventually leading to 89 arrests.
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The Economic Tide Shifts Amid Protests in Hong Kong

By: Connor Quirk Over the past few months, the world has watched as Hong Kong experienced unprecedented civil unrest.  The protests, coordinated by student groups throughout the city, have one aim: to broaden the scope of the democratic process in coming elections.  Currently, Hong Kong operates under the “basic law,” a de facto constitution put…

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Why China Owns Our Debt

By: William Robinson China is the world’s largest owner of the U.S. government’s debt, holding $1.273 trillion worth of U.S. Treasury securities as of February 2014. As a result, many pundits, policymakers, and analysts fear that these holdings give China leverage over U.S. policymaking, as this 2010 commercial by Citizens Against Government Waste hyperbolically suggests….

The Lion on the Leash

By: Matt Oldham What would you buy with $75 billion dollars? It could go a long way—a new house, a couple Corvettes, maybe a yacht or two. Even after all of those purchases, there would still be enough money left over to do it 74 more times. China has found an alternate use for this…

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Prudent Cross-Strait Rapprochement

By: Ian Davis Although China and Taiwan are only separated by a shallow, 120-mile stretch of water, the two countries have yet to establish official diplomatic channels of communication. For 65 years, an absence of political dialogue has threatened to alter the regional status quo by challenging China’s hierarchical role at the top of regional…

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Why the Easing of the One-Child Policy Doesn’t Matter

By: Eli Scott In 2011, the total trade volume between North Korea and China was $5.36 billion, but some researchers contest that one of North Korea’s main exports to China–brides–aren’t included in this figure. Such a quirk in the two countries’ trade balance is a result of the lasting effects of China’s former one-child policy….

Will midnight strike on China's Cinderella economy?
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The Next Crash: China’s Uncertain Future

By: Max Wallace Last week, the Chinese government announced an impressive list of reforms and a major overhaul for one of the government’s most infamous policies.  China’s “One-Child” policy will be relaxed among concerns that a rapidly ageing population will cripple the nation’s economy.  This decision, among others, was reached during the Third Plenum, a gathering…

In Which Life Imitates Art: The Trial of Bo Xilai

By: Shuchi Goyal Earlier this week, the high court of China rejected disgraced politician Bo Xilai’s appeal on his sentence of life-imprisonment after he was found guilty last month of various crimes, including bribery and embezzlement. The decision marked what China surely hopes is the final chapter in an ugly and convoluted tale of rampant…

A memorial to current Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s grandfather and “eternal president” Kim Il-sung and father and “eternal leader” Kim Jong-il (Wikimedia Commons)
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Evil Geniuses: How North Korea Established the Perfect Government

By: Michael Ingram When you think of North Korea, what comes to mind? Probably some version of the following: insane, backwards, evil, failed, irrational, or a variation on the last bastion of communist, cult of personality totalitarianism. Regardless of your choice, North Korea is almost exclusively described through pejoratives.  Yet it’s possible to paint a picture…

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The Return of the Rising Sun

By Holly Boggs  What is a country without an army or a means to independently protect itself? The response of most right-wing Japanese diplomats would be a unified, resounding chorus: “weak.” It goes without saying, then, that the continued existence of Article 9 of the Japanese post-WWII Constitution, which forbids Japan from having a standing…

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