Asia Pacific
Changing Relations in the South China Sea

Changing Relations in the South China Sea

The South China Sea is home to many rare fish, natural gas and oil reserves, hundreds of islands, and plenty of controversial territorial and sovereignty claims. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Brunei all have historically conflicting claims to the maritime region. Although it has been a point of controversy for decades, this past...
South Korea’s Presidential Scandal: The Park Administration or Choi Administration?

South Korea’s Presidential Scandal: The Park Administration or Choi Administration?

Large crowds of protestors took to the streets of Seoul to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. As a powerful symbol of resistance, many protestors can be seen wearing masks with Park’s face on them, as if she was a puppet. The vast majority of South Koreans have lost faith in the current administration....
The Philippines Pivot Towards China

The Philippines Pivot Towards China

After sixty-five years of military ties between the United States and the Philippines, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has finally decided enough is enough. In a blistering speech on 7 October, Duterte stated: ‘For as long as I am [here], do not treat [the Philippines] like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it. I will...
‘Miracle, Mystery, and Authority:’ Dr. Stephen Blank on Putin’s Russia

‘Miracle, Mystery, and Authority:’ Dr. Stephen Blank on Putin’s Russia

Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a Washington D.C. think tank whose stated mission is ‘bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States.’ Dr. Blank is an internationally recognised expert on Russia and sat down with the Foreign Affairs Review in...
The Price of Duterte’s Dirty War on Drugs

The Price of Duterte’s Dirty War on Drugs

Just three months into his term in office, new Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte can claim both immense domestic popularity as well as an impressively sinister trail of wreckage, and has raised the hackles of human rights advocates and a significant number of Western politicians and lawmakers. Duterte, a self-styled anti-establishment candidate from the relatively minor...
America Turns Its Back on TPP

America Turns Its Back on TPP

Although free trade was once the natural response by states to the globalisation of economies, many are now stepping backwards and re-weighing its benefits. The United States has taken a leading role in the creation of free trade agreements (FTAs) globally since the beginning of the 21st century and is now on the verge of...
Struggling to Switch Gears, China Stalls

Struggling to Switch Gears, China Stalls

Following the financial crisis of 2008, the global superpowers adopted near-zero interest rates and currency devaluation in hopes that these would rev up their economies. Lower interest rates boost investment and weaker currencies increase exports— like giving a little gas when attempting to jumpstart your car. As the value for one currency decreases, however, others...
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)...
Untangling the Coup: Leadership and National Identity in Turkey

Untangling the Coup: Leadership and National Identity in Turkey

On 15 July 2016, troops entered Istanbul, seeking to take control of the capital. The army declared that the purpose of this coup was to preserve democracy from the threat of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In response, the President encouraged the Turkish people to go out in protest against the coup attempt. As a result,...
The Price for the Pivot: A More Assertive China and an Uncertain Future

The Price for the Pivot: A More Assertive China and an Uncertain Future

During Barack Obama’s presidency, American foreign policy experienced a number of fundamental changes bound to leave an impact on the international system even after Obama leaves office. The so-called ‘pivot’ to Asia was a policy initiative announced in 2014. Its objective was to shift the United States’ military presence and foreign policy agenda from the...
Who is part of Modi’s India?

Who is part of Modi’s India?

Narendra Modi’s India has been praised for its efforts to open itself to wider markets and allow greater foreign investment. Although this may be more pertinent to those looking in on India from the outside, the internal struggles that have bubbled to the surface reveal a lot about Modi’s vision, or at least his ambivalence,...
China: The World's Drone Superstore

China: The World’s Drone Superstore

China’s drone market is the one of the more recent pieces of fuel added to the fire that is the “Rise of China” debate. Over the past decade with its rapidly growing economy, the international community has heavily focused on what China’s ascendance means for the international system as a whole. Many in the United...