China: Out For Itself, or New Global Leader?

China: Out For Itself, or New Global Leader?

The Sino-American relationship has always been one of immense importance, shakily carried on throughout the years, but built off a mutual need for each other. Over the last 40 years, China has flourished, integrating itself into the global market and engaging with increasing confidence in the global economic order. ‘Today,...
Blockchain, Bitcoin & Beyond: Making Cents of Digital Currency

Blockchain, Bitcoin & Beyond: Making Cents of Digital Currency

Blockchain rose to prominence in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Built upon a decentralised system of computer protocols and algorithms— known as ‘distributed ledger technology’— blockchain facilitates financial transactions made over the Internet. This technology has been mobilised to advance hundreds of digital currencies, among them: bitcoin,...
New Name, Same Strategies - Pence Promises a New North Korean Policy

New Name, Same Strategies – Pence Promises a New North Korean Policy

American Vice President Mike Pence recently visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to deliver a speech, and emphasised that the American policy toward North Korea would be changing in the Trump era. Standing near the border between the two countries, Pence made it clear Trump would abandon the previous strategy...
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Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

Hardball: Theresa May, Brexit, and Intelligence Cooperation

On 27 March, Sir Timothy Barrow, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU), delivered a hand-signed letter by Prime Minister Theresa May to European Council President Donald Tusk that invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. This initiated Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, which will be completed by April 2019, barring...
So a Macedonian Prime Minister and an American Billionaire Walk Into a Political Crisis

So a Macedonian Prime Minister and an American Billionaire Walk Into a Political Crisis

Tucked between Greece and Serbia and often overshadowed by its larger neighbours, Macedonia has a low media profile. Though it is composed of less than two million people, Macedonia punches far above its weight in the breadth and depth of its political scandals. In power since 2006, the Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE)...
Egypt’s Military State and President al-Sisi’s Declining Legitimacy

Egypt’s Military State and President al-Sisi’s Declining Legitimacy

Last month, Egyptian demonstrators took to the streets chanting, ‘We want to eat!’ to protest the government’s policy of decreasing the number of subsidised bread loaves each family can buy. The bread riots reflect a broader issue of class conflict in Egyptian society under President al-Sisi. Egypt’s pre-existing class inequality was exacerbated when Sisi’s regime...
Bulgaria holds its ground

Bulgaria holds its ground

Although they were scheduled for 2018, parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 26 March 2017. It was the third election in four years, prompted after Boyko Borisov, leader of the centre-right GERB, resigned as premier following the surprise victory of Rumen Radev of the Socialist Party as president. Although the president is a mostly...
Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Last month, women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day with outdoor concerts, film screenings and poetry readings. However, in Latin America, women were not feeling very celebratory. Thousands flooded into the streets of Brazil, Peru and Argentina in support of the International Women’s Day Strike to rally against gender-based violence, street harassment and income...
Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Right-Wing Terrorism: The Biggest Threat

Since Donald Trump entered office in January 2017 the rhetoric of terrorism has revolved around ‘radical Islamist terrorism.’ Indeed the president promised to ‘eradicate’ this type of violence ‘from the face of the earth.’ He has very much attempted to put this into practice, with his first initial travel ban against seven majority Muslim countries...
US Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in the Battle for Mosul

US Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in the Battle for Mosul

On 17 March 2017, an airstrike conducted in West Mosul by the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) appeared to have resulted in the death of over 200 civilians. A full investigation has been launched by the US military to ascertain the facts surrounding what appears to be their deadliest strike in three years. According...
Belarus: Time to End the Dictatorship

Belarus: Time to End the Dictatorship

Shouts of ‘fascists’ and ‘long live Belarus’ filled the streets of Minsk, Brest, Grodno, and other cities across Belarus during protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The protests occurred on 25 March during the celebration of the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarus People’s Republic as a result of the president’s newest decree:...
Secretary Zinke Rides into Roosevelt’s Legacy

Secretary Zinke Rides into Roosevelt’s Legacy

President Trump’s appointees for major positions have largely been an amalgamation of wealthy individuals with various allegations against them, but not Secretary Ryan Zinke. President Trump’s Secretary of the Interior has been one of the least contested appointees, and it is easy to see why. Secretary Zinke has had a long career of service, including...
Combating Fake News: A Textbook Approach

Combating Fake News: A Textbook Approach

The rise of ‘fake news’ has created a seemingly uncontrollable chain of events: tampering with politics, education, and social media around the world. ‘News’ can be defined as any received noteworthy information. Traditional news media outlets such as CNN, BBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post are broadly expected to report ‘factual’ knowledge. Though bias...
Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s month long trip to Asia kicked off with a landmark three day visit to Beijing as he, along with Chinese President Xi Jingping, signed a series of deals worth up to $65 billion. As China looks to expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East, and the Saudis...
Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

Famine: A global problem in need of a global solution

The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan on 21 February 2017, ‘the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years.’ The BBC reported that the Sudanese government and the United Nations stated, ‘that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine’ and that,...