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On the Shoulders of Giants: China’s Interest in Belarus

On the Shoulders of Giants: China’s Interest in Belarus

Cement continues to be poured in Great Stone, the name given to the China-Belarus Industrial Park being built just outside of Minsk. The thirty-billion-dollar investment project plans to provide an industrial space for 120,000 jobs in pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, and electronics, among other fields. A small set of Chinese state-owned and private companies have already...
Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year is ‘post-truth’. The traditional reporter’s dependency on cold, impartial facts has been upended by persuasive satire, deception, and radicalism. Stories that fit snugly into one’s worldview are far more attractive than those that force them to think critically about their assumptions. Stories that outright lie to validate one’s...
The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

A cautiously united offensive presses further into the Nineveh region, liberating towns and villages as it prepares to lay siege to ISIL’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish forces and intersectional tribal militias are fighting alongside an ever-improving Iraqi army in a joint effort to reclaim Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his Caliphate in...
When Superpowers Break the Rules: China’s Resistance to International Law in the Pacific

When Superpowers Break the Rules: China’s Resistance to International Law in the Pacific

In the wake of intensifying military excursions and exacerbating tensions across the East Asian Pacific, China continues to press its claim on a chain of cays near the Philippines, and in spite of a tribunal declaring its actions a breach of international law, Beijing hasn’t even flinched. In 2013, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)...