• Asia

    Navigating Difficult Waters: the South China Sea Dispute

    Why does the South China Sea matter and why is its ownership widely disputed? For many decades, the South China Sea (SCS) has been a highly contested area between China and other Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, and Indonesia. The area is located in a major

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    Censorship in Hollywood: What it Means for Soft Power Diplomacy

    A recent report released by PEN America found that an increasing number of Hollywood films are “voluntarily” censored to appease the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The report highlights China’s expansive market and billion dollar revenue stream as a key factor in this decision making. The normalization of censorship in media

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    A House Made of BRICS

    In recent years, the term BRICS has been widely circulated throughout the realm of international relations.  BRICS – an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – refers to the biggest rising powers in the 21st Century. The current shift in the global system poses an opportunity for

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    TikTok and the Fracturing of the Internet

    Over the past few months, millions of bored teenagers scrolled through TikTok, the hit short video social media app, to cope with the seemingly endless amount of free time during quarantine. While viral videos of dancing and lip synching appear to be as harmless as it gets, the platform has

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    The Rohingya Genocide is Rooted in British Colonialism

    Satellite images of townships in Myanmar’s Rakhine State reveal entire Rohingya villages that have been burned to the ground, reduced to smouldering rubble and ash, while nearby ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villages remain intact.  In the past few years, Myanmar has engaged in an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslim

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