Category: Asia-Pacific

The Game of Politics

Less than a day after Kim Jong-un made his New Year’s Day address, in which he suggested the possibility of North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Games, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea accepted the offer with seeming alacrity. At the Opening Ceremonies, the world watched—marvelled, perhaps—as the two Koreas marched together under one… Read more »

South China Sea Series: Vietnam

One of the most important regions of the world, the South China Sea is a site of conflict between six competing nations: China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei. Recent years witnessed a steady increase in tension, as China began its expansionist agenda, building military bases in many of the disputed islands. Numerous policy… Read more »

North and South Korea: An Olympic Truce?

The tension between the United States and North Korea, which has left the world on edge over the past few months, seems to have taken a shocking yet welcome turn toward a potential resolution. On March 23rd, South Korean officials confirmed that North Korea agreed to hold high-level talks in the coming weeks. Moreover, President… Read more »

Covering Up Child Abuse in China

November in China was turbulent. Following the anger incited by juvenile abuse in a day care center in Shanghai, people were again unsettled on Friday, November 24th by similar reports from the RYB (Red Yellow Blue) Education Kindergarten in Xintiandi, Beijing. Reports claim that three-year-olds in one class were fed white pills, needle punctures were… Read more »

Will Outdoor Activities Ever Be Popular in China?

Exhaustion, excitement, nostalgia, fatigue, hope, apprehension… Mixed feelings fill our chests when we start our college lives. To ease this especially hard transition, colleges design orientation programs. At as early as five in the morning, Bowdoin College students start off their journeys to Maine locations that range from Indian Pond to Vinalhaven Island. For many… Read more »

Burmese Rohingya Can’t Stay But Can’t Leave

Since late August, the Burmese government and its military forces have carried out a variety of coordinated attacks involving arson, rape, murder, and other abuses against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority who live predominantly in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. The majority Buddhist nation views the more than one million Rohingyan men, women, and children… Read more »

North Korea’s Nuclear Strategy is Working

The past few weeks have been unnerving in the international arena, with North Korea having conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date on September 3rd and yet another missile test on September 15th. On September 15th, North Korea launched its second intermediate-range ballistic missile over the northern coast of Japan, this time in response… Read more »

Dalai Lama Drama

Tawang is a town of approximately eleven thousand people, situated nearly ten thousand feet above sea level in the Indian Himalayas. It is also home to the Tawang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery outside of Lhasa, Tibet. Last week, that monastery hosted the fourteenth Dalai Lama—a seemingly innocuous visit that left the Chinese government fuming…. Read more »

Military Bluster and North Korean Escalation

On the morning of April 15, 2017, on the one hundred and fifth anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founder and the grandfather of current Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea conducted a missile test, the next in a long line of recent test provocations. The missile was launched from a submarine… Read more »

Defensive Luddism: North Korean Nukes and Cyber-Resiliency

Nine countries possess nuclear weapons, but one—due to its perceived irrationality—elicits fear in even the most powerful military in the world, and for good reason. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, North Korea has doggedly pursued a nuclear weapons program since 2003 and has conducted at least twenty-four missile or nuclear tests… Read more »