In the digital era we live in, we are bombarded with headlines. News agencies often try to simplify international news stories to make them more digestible, often at the expense of adequately explaining the full story. The most pressing stories out there related to international relations, armed conflict, and human rights are really complex and often require a lot of background knowledge to be able to grasp their significance. In this series, we take a look at current events and news stories from a more comprehensive angle. We unpack the historical, political, cultural, economic, and social dynamics of major news events in order to make more sense of them.
50 years after the American table tennis team visited China, we should analyze ping-pong diplomacy’s legacy and its possible uses in the 21st century.
An interview and examination into decolonizing archaeology: should museums return artifacts that were looted by colonial forces during the colonial period?
Despite decades of involvement in Latin America, approval for the US government has decreased in the region, while approval towards China has increased due to its seemingly supportive and compassionate approach.
Civil war has been ongoing in Syria since peaceful protests against President Assad’s tyrannical regime broke out in 2011. Syrians now have to face the perils of the pandemic along with state violence.
Russia has strengthened its aggressive stance towards Ukraine with a buildup of troops near the border. What implications does this have on Russian foreign policy?