The Franco-American Relationship

More recently, France has sided with the US in many international operations, and both countries remained strong economic and political allies up to Trump’s presidency. With all that in mind, I ask the following question: are the degrading relations between our two countries justified in light of this historical context, of this long and storied, shared history?

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Of Gods and Chairmen

North Korea has dominated headlines with its nuclear program and extended diplomacy with the Trump administration. In this piece, contributor Geraint Hughes attempts to understand the pomp and posture of the Hermit Kingdom through an unlikely comparison to Julio-Claudian Rome.

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Dilemma of Freedom of Speech in Digitally Constructed China and the U.S.

Not long ago, the sole media outlet in China was government-controlled television channels and newspaper. To control the public ideology, the Chinese Communist Party could easily publicize propaganda through these media. However, the recent internet evolution changes this arena. Online platforms like Wechat and Weibo become people’s main information outlet, and these channels enable ordinary citizens and private corporates to spread their opinions quickly to an enormous geographic span.

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North Korea: An Underestimated Smart Rookie    

If North Korea bowed down to sanctions and actually abandoned their programs, they might be seen as weak and predictable. What North Korea wants is the direct opposite-unpredictability and strength. And you think that they really wanted to pursue peace at the beginning of this year? Perhaps. But in my opinion, it merely has its spine straightened out by its military weapon developments…

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Geopolitics of China: Sino-African Relationship

The contract between Africa and China is simple on paper: China, starting in 2015, promised to loan sixty billion dollars equivalent of money to Africa to help them fund  infrastructure building until the end of 2018. Little to no interest rate will be applied to each loan China gives to Africa, depending on the infrastructure the money will be spent to build, and when Africa is able to pay back their loan, they will not have to pay their loan back adjusted to inflation. On paper, China looks like it’s just giving money to Africa out of kindness. But when we read this contract, we must keep in mind that not all contractual exchange that happens between two parties is explicitly stated on paper…

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