Economy And Trade

Japan and Vietnam: Asia’s Overlooked Friendship

When the news cycle is dominated by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and China’s resurgence, it’s often easy to forget that there are other major players in East Asia. Two, Japan and Vietnam, have quietly been increasing their economic and military co-operation. After the United States’ long-standing arms embargo on …

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Can the world fight climate change without Trump?

In December 2015, 195 countries came together in Paris, France to adopt the Paris Agreement, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change by limiting global warming to 2°C. The agreement, a first of its kind, was long in the making. After increasingly alarming atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide …

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Can Legalizing the Rhino Horn Trade Help Save the Rhino?

In the last couple of years, Africa’s rhino population has experienced a poaching epidemic. Official figures show that the number of killed animals has exploded in South Africa, from 13 in 2007 to 1054 in 2016. This surge can be traced back to a demand boom for rhino horn in …

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China: Africa’s Curse or Blessing?

Africa goes Chinese. All over the continent Chinese companies are investing their money. Mines are being opened, roads are being made, and trains are starting to run. The results seem staggering: after decades of sluggish economic growth, Africa finally has its long-awaited economic boom. The question is how long this …

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Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room?

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“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them” – George Orwell. The Australian government’s approval in April of the Carmichael Coal and Rail Project, just 3 months after ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, illustrates a paradox at the …

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Paradigm Shifts – How the Far Right Co-opted Leftism

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2016 was a year of tectonic change in geopolitics: Brexit, and president Trump, two possibilities that had previously been seen by many as, respectively, unlikely and absurd. Parallel to the unfolding of these events, we saw the rise of a trend that was put under the label of “populist far …

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Now Robots Are Taking Over, a Basic Income is Inevitable

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Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. The time is finally here: we can stop working and enjoy our lives. Through current advancements in artificial intelligence, robots can do all …

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Jangmadang reveals the naked truth about Kim Jong-Un

Missile launches, national celebrations and tension with China that could be cut with a knife: North Korea is the talk of the town these days. But as the Day of the Sun is being celebrated above the 38th peninsula and the outside world gets a glance of the rows of …

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Gambling in Japan: Has Abe Gone Too Far?

Everyone travelling to Japan knows it: Pachinko (パチンコ). In the loud, well-lit halls dozens of people gamble, throwing steel balls into slot machines. The steel balls make a clicking sound (sounding like ‘Pachinko’ – explaining the name), and together the multiple rows of machines make a deafening noise. Still, the …

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Eating Climate Change

Animal agriculture is one of the main causes of climate change, with different sources claiming that our meat production and consumption produces between 14.5% and 51% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The tremendous effect of climate change on the economy and society has received a great deal of attention in the …

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