Chinese Students’ Insider View on the Hong Kong Protests

Chinese Students’ Insider View on the Hong Kong Protests

“All departures at Hong Kong airport have been canceled as authorities struggle to deal with massive protests.” CNN bombarded me with this gloomy news while I was on my way to Hong Kong airport to catch the flight that would take me to the beginning of my college life at...

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Hong Kong Protests Expose Authoritarian Shortcomings

Hong Kong Protests Expose Authoritarian Shortcomings

On October 1, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China with national celebrations and an impressive military parade. The very same day, a high schooler was shot by Hong Kong police amid the worst turmoil the city has seen since it became a...

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During Continued Protests, Hong Kong and Taiwan Band Together in Opposition to Beijing

During Continued Protests, Hong Kong and Taiwan Band Together in Opposition to Beijing

As mass protests continue in Hong Kong, relations between Hong Kong and Taiwan have strengthened from their shared opposition to Beijing. Hong Kongers now support Taiwanese independence more than ever before, and those in Taiwan continue to voice their strong support for Hong Kong’s resistance to an encroaching Beijing. The...

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CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage? In 2011, Iran unearthed a ring of US spies and their handlers somewhat inexplicably. This compromised the US’s negotiating power in terms of the nuclear deal and sabotaged bleeding-edge intel about the state of Iran’s nuclear development. Last year...

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Aggressive Espionage Places Chinese Students at Risk of Removal

Aggressive Espionage Places Chinese Students at Risk of Removal

Under the Trump administration, U.S.-China tensions have exacerbated to new levels. Washington has recently adopted a far more confrontational strategy to deal with China’s growing influence and suspected malfeasance, and many experts believe that the U.S. is steadily moving closer to a Cold War with China. U.S. officials continue to...

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North Korea, Vanderbilt University, and You

North Korea, Vanderbilt University, and You

519 Vanderbilt undergraduate students and their families currently reside in the known range of a North Korean nuclear missile. With Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un dominating headlines, escalating tensions seemingly place Vanderbilt lives at a very real risk, causing concern for many students. “I follow a lot of politics stuff...

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2015 U.S. – China Summit: Prospects for the U.S. – China Relations

2015 U.S. – China Summit: Prospects for the U.S. – China Relations

Xi Jinping paid his first visit to the United States as the President of People’s Republic of China. President Xi is expected to meet with President Obama, U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, and other leading business leaders from the United States. Even amidst tensions between the U.S. and China, President Obama...

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Military Might—A More Aggressive China’s International Effects

Military Might—A More Aggressive China’s International Effects

In twenty-first century international relations, a new global player has more assertively positioned itself to portray a representation of typical hard power politics: China. Nevertheless, China’s aggressiveness in the military realm is a relatively recent phenomenon, for its reputation over the past decade has not been one of military might,...

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Documenting North Korea’s Human Rights Violations

While it is widely believed that North Korea has engaged in atrocious human rights violations for many years, the details and scope of this abuse have been hazy due to state monitoring of foreign visitors and laws preventing natives from leaving. Most knowledge of the human rights situation in North...

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The Problem with Sochi

The Problem with Sochi

With more than 2,500 athletes from 90 countries preparing to converge on Sochi, the international gaze will soon turn to Russia as the twenty-second host of the Winter Olympics. According to reports, Russia will spend between $60 billion and $65 billion on the winter games, a staggering figure that is...

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