Tag: china

China’s Interest in Afghanistan

by Kathleen Taylor China’s interest in Afghanistan can be defined by its desire to supplant the United States as the preeminent power in Asia and ultimately prove itself to be an undisputed global power.  Photo: CCTV News China’s delayed interest in Afghanistan is a recent phenomenon that began […]

China and the Western World in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Toward New Patterns of Cooperation?

by Elodie Sellier As emerging economies continue growing at remarkable rates—much faster than their industrialized counterparts—the traditional “North-South” dichotomy is becoming obsolete. As a result, the patterns of development cooperation, once dominated by the industrialized countries, are shifting toward new aid models. In July 2014, the United Nations Open […]

Arctic Competition Heats Up

by Sara Westfall While most of the world has been focused on conflicts in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, a competition has been quietly brewing in the far north. Just this past December, Denmark made a claim on territory in the Arctic. Before that, in 2007, a […]

Hong Kong’s Protests Must Remain Peaceful

by Kathleen Taylor In their Foreign Affairs article “Drop Your Weapons,” Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan investigate the “recent surge of nonviolent resistance movements” over the past three years. They found that “campaigns of nonviolent resistance against authoritarian regimes were twice as likely to succeed as violent movements” […]

APEC Blue and China’s Hegemonic Dreams

by Michelle Bovee Early in November, for a few crisp fall days, Beijing’s normally smog-filled atmosphere miraculously lightened.  The dense pollution clouds melted, the sun shone through, and the sky was clean and blue.  This is, anyway, the illusion that the Chinese government tried to create for the […]