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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State Capitalism: The New Economic Norm?

State Capitalism: The New Economic Norm?

Governments across the world are caving into the temptation to drastically intervene in their economies. While the U.S. economy continues to boom, many regions of the world are beginning to experience an economic slowdown. World trade volume recently performed its worst since 2009, and officials find themselves slashing their forecasts...

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The Danger of AI and Big Data is Worse Than You Can Imagine

The Danger of AI and Big Data is Worse Than You Can Imagine

Over the past several decades, the world has witnessed an unprecedented explosion in technological advancement. Computers that once spanned rooms now weigh less than two pounds, telephones that once resembled bricks now sit snugly in one’s hand, and labor that was once done by men is now done by machines....

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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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Restricting Speech is a Disaster for Democracy

Restricting Speech is a Disaster for Democracy

Every major social development in our country’s brief history has come about through the freedom to discuss ideas without impunity. In antebellum America, the abolitionist movement found strength in framing slavery as a reprehensible, immoral evil, a narrative that grew in acceptance and established itself as truth after a bloody...

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Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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Swine And Stablility

Swine And Stablility

There is perhaps no greater success story in developmental economics over the last half century than that of China. In 1976, China was in disarray after being ravaged by the collective failures of the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. However, starting in the 1980’s and accelerated under the leadership...

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