Asia Pacific
The Philippines’ War on the Poor

The Philippines’ War on the Poor

With the goal of ending the war on drugs, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has promised his people a drug free country at the price of murdering his own citizens. While drug users represent only 3 per cent of the population, Duterte has resorted to extremes in order to ensure that the percentage falls to 0...
India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

Between February and March, voters in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa) in India will cast their ballots in an election that has serious national implications. Headlining the five states is Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is home to approximately 220 million Indians, which alone would make it the world’s fifth most populated...
India’s Demonetisation: Short-Term Pain For Long-Term Gain

India’s Demonetisation: Short-Term Pain For Long-Term Gain

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, shook the economic world on 8 November 2016 with his unprecedented ban on certain Indian currency bills – known in India as the demonetisation policy – which among other things was put in place to curb black money, and create a credit-driven economy in the name of his anti-corruption...
The Rise of Chinese Consumerism: Art and Luxury

The Rise of Chinese Consumerism: Art and Luxury

China’s economic growth is undeniable. In 2015, China became the country with the most individuals worth at least $1 billion. With the rise of Chinese wealth comes the rise in Chinese consumption as well. This is especially notable in luxury markets. Chinese consumers account for a third of luxury and fashion sales. This consumerism is...
India-Japan Nuclear Bi-Lateral Deal Shakes Up the Far East

India-Japan Nuclear Bi-Lateral Deal Shakes Up the Far East

On 11 November, after six years of negotiation, India and Japan signed a landmark nuclear deal at the India-Japan Bilateral Summit in Tokyo. The deal, which was confirmed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while on a trip to India in 2015, will allow for Japanese export of nuclear technology and equipment to expand India’s...
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...