For centuries, much of the globe was carved up and governed by colonial powers. Colonialism propelled the rise of many Western powers at the expense of the peoples and lands they exploited. Colonial powers imposed languages and religions on their subjects, installed inequitable economic systems, and drew up careless and arbitrary borders. Despite the mass wave of decolonization that occurred after World War II, in many ways, we continue to live within colonial structures. The long-lasting effects of colonialism still linger, shaping and exacerbating today’s wars, conflicts, and persisting inequalities. However, most education systems and mainstream media publications are heavily influenced by ex-colonial powers, clouding the general public’s awareness of colonial legacies on international affairs today while permitting a lack of accountability. This series seeks to highlight the colonial legacies that have given rise to the most pressing problems in our world while allowing us to reclaim and rethink the ways in which the past informs the present.
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?