Winter Olympics 2022: Soft Power in the Contemporary International System

Written by: Ken Wang  The Olympics, whether held in summer or winter, have always been a symbol of athleticism, friendly competition, a time for peace, a chance to improve diplomatic relationships, and an opportunity to promote the image of the host country. China recently hosted the 2022 Winter Olympics, and it was a great success…

Lessons Yet to be Learned: War in Ukraine

Written by: Ken Wang In the past few weeks, almost all of the news that we have seen is related to Ukraine, Russia, or sanctions in some capacity. There are daily updates on military actions in Ukraine and economic sanctions imposed on Russia followed by statements and/or reactions from the White House, American allies in…

The Rise of China: a Comprehensive Review 

Written by: Ken Wang Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes up, she will move the world.” Many foreign powers have oppressed China and exploited its people during the colonial period, especially during the Qing dynasty and the aftermath of the Opium Wars. Even shortly…

Omicron Will Further Destabilize Civil Society and Economy Worldwide

Written by: Ken Wang Since late 2019, the emergence of COVID-19 has changed much of global life. Although scientists still do not know where the virus originated, China was the first country that took a hit and Wuhan, the city where the first massive outbreak was reported, went into full lockdown overnight. In a matter…

The Implications of the US Military Pullout from Afghanistan

Written by: Ken Wang The United States first stepped into the sphere of Afghanistan in the 1950s. We began our first military operation during the 1970s and further expanded our operations in 2001 after President Bush declared a War on Terror, vowing to hunt down Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the 9/11 attack…