More Than Just Space Travel

Written by: Pooja Gundimeda “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” People worldwide recognize this quote by Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever walk on the moon. Since the mid 20th century, mankind has watched as fellow humans take on the treacherous task of traveling to space. Soon after…

Africa: Made in China

Written by: McKenna Ross China and Africa are two areas of the world that are becoming more linked every day. This is largely because of China’s Belt and Road Initiative which has dramatically increased economic ties between the two. Only now is the world beginning to see the long term effects of China’s spreading influence…

China’s “Patriot” Plan to Strip Hong Kong’s Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin China recently instituted the “patriot” plan as part of its reformation of Hong Kong’s electoral system. This plan is considered to be a reform that tightens China’s control over Hong Kong and reduces the independence of its democratic government.  In 1997, the British ceded control of Hong Kong back to China;…

2030: Electric Cars, Peak Oil, and Saudi Arabia’s Future

Written by: Saul Brodkey Soon after the first oil prospecting expeditions seventy years ago, the Arabian peninsula was tipped on its head. Saudi Arabia went from a barren desert kingdom reliant on subsistence agriculture to a bustling oasis with a GDP per capita on par with Canada. The petroleum industry accounts for nearly all exports…

King of Omniscience and Comrade Jianguo: Chinese Netizens’ Perception of Trump

Written by: Wenzhe Teng During his term, the former United States president Donald J. Trump demonstrated continuous hostility towards China and the Chinese communist government. On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump criticized China for “stealing” US jobs and promised to wage a trade war against China which he put into practice in 2018. Additionally, he…

Women: Overlooked Stakeholders at Delhi’s Borders

Written by: Kamika Patel Since November, tens of thousands of farmers across parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting near the outskirts of Delhi, India’s capital, demanding the repeal of the three new agricultural ordinances passed in September by the Union Cabinet of India. The government claims that these ordinances will foster…

The Coup D’etat that Halted Myanmar’s Democratic Rise

Written by: Garrett Halak With many clinging onto Myanmar’s young democracy and its promise of free elections, the citizens of the country have taken to the streets. Prompted by the coup d’etat that occurred on February 1st, Myanmar’s quasi-democracy is watching its own demise as the Tatmadaw regains political power.   The Southeast Asian country of…

Is a Strategic Realignment Coming to the Middle East?

Written by: Cooper Stewart On December 10, 2020, Israel and Morocco agreed to formalize relations with one another in a landmark deal mediated by the United States. This makes Morocco the fourth Arab League member to open official ties with Israel in 2020, following the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, which signed the Abraham…

China as the New World Hegemon?

Written by: Gabrielle Toonen As China strives to reach the goal of expanding its empire and power, Americans ask themselves if they should worry. The answer: Yes. In the last two decades, China’s rise to power, starting with their entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001, began slowly but has escalated into a severe…