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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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Remembering the Man who Prevented World War III

Can one man save the world? The late Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov, whose death took place in September, seems to have done exactly that. His calm calculations combined with his instinct probably saved the world from a Third World War and a subsequent nuclear Armageddon. It can be argued that this …

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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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How does the United States shoot down a nuclear missile?

IT IS SAID that the late leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, once warned that in the scenario of a nuclear war, “the survivors will envy the dead”. Nonetheless, on July 4th, North Korea tested its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which, if successful, could reach the United States …

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Let the Games Begin… Somewhere Else

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Picture: Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons)

Seven years from now, the youth of the world will assemble for the games of the thirty-third Olympiad, at a venue to be decided in September of this year. But the bidding process for the 2024 games has played host to controversy from the start, as political wrangling and popular …

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Silencing Critics – The War on Media Freedom

(Picture: Flickr)

The future political direction of the United States seems to be one of the big discussion topics on everyone’s minds today. The superpower is currently undergoing major political changes under the rein of its new president, which have caused heated debates both within the US as well as internationally. One …

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Miles to Go: Border Crossing under the US-Canada Safe Third Country Agreement

After the September 11 attacks in the United States, the Canadian and American governments decided to further restrict its shared border, signing an agreement called the US – Canada Smart Border Action Plan. As part of this new agreement, the Canada – US Safe Third Country Agreement was created. In an …

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Strategy or Ambiguity? Taiwan-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Before even having time to organize his sock drawer in the White House, Donald Trump managed to endanger US relations with China and broke the policy tradition that had seen six presidents before him come and go. Traditionally, the US has acknowledged the One China Policy while engaging in trade …

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“But we already know what happened” – Historical Revisionism in American Schools

The point of teaching history in schools – despite insistence from students that there is none – is often cited to be something along the lines of “the past informing the present” or, somewhat more poetically, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. But what …

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Trump, Tillerson & ExxonMobil: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

A man with no government experience, Rex Tillerson is not your average choice for Secretary of State. But this isn’t your average President. Despite question marks over Tillerson’s diplomatic credentials, he is undeniably a shrewd operator. He was at the helm of the sixth largest company in the world, which …

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