Author: Hanyu Huang

Intellectual Property And The Dilemma Of Developed Nations

Introduction Control over the dissemination of knowledge in the form of intellectual property has emerged as a major issue in the current trade dispute between the United States and China. While many analysts may disagree with Trump’s approach on dealing with China, the majority of the experts are likely to

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Artificial Intelligence And Social Disruptions

1.   Introduction Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have emerged to become a major social issue over the past decade. While anxiety over AI has been around since at least when Arthur C. Clark wrote the novel Space Odyssey that featured HAL 9000 in the 1960s, it is only recently

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A New Dawn For Sub-Saharan Africa, Or More Authoritarianism?

The overthrow of Robert Mugabe in November 2017 marked another upheaval in the tortured history of democratic transition in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The end of Mugabe’s thirty-year regime has been met with tempered optimism by democratic activists. Yet, even as people celebrate Mugabe’s overthrow, others are concerned that his successor, Emmerson

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Climate Change, Humanitarian Crises And Social Instability

Climate change is an implication in many violent conflicts, which leads to proliferation of humanitarian crises across the world. It is presumable that this trend will exacerbate in the future, as climate change is likely to worsen as greater demands are placed on the environment as a result of industrialisation

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North Korea: It Will Be Difficult To Persuade North Korea To Relinquish Its Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s refusal to denuclearize continues to dominate news headlines around the world. The United Nations Security Council passed a new round of sanctions September 12th that aims to limit North Korea’s fuel imports and textile exports, and restrict the country’s ability to send workers abroad. The sanctions passed unanimously through

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Why A War With North Korea Is Not Imminent

The heated exchange of rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un has led to widespread fears of an impending war on the Korean Peninsula. In response to North Korea’s unapologetic continuation of its nuclear program, despite international condemnation, Trump has once again taken to Twitter to threaten North Korea with

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Return To Confrontation In The South China Sea?

The brief lull in the South China Sea dispute that had held since late 2016 may be over. Beginning in May 2017, events suggest that the brief peace in the region is due to the U.S. policy confusion in the Trump Administration, rather than due to mutual understanding and the

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The Foreign Policy Challenges Of Moon Jae-In

Introduction May has not been a peaceful month in the Korean Peninsula. The combination of political, economic, and diplomatic crises for the Republic of Korea (ROK) has not only rocked the foundations of the South Korean political establishment but also marks a major milestone in the nation’s history. Under the

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South China Sea Dispute And Trust

The Problem The territorial disputes over the maritime features in the South China Sea have been ongoing for more than 60 years and show no sign of being resolved. Instead, recent events seem to indicate that they are increasingly spiralling out of control. The littoral states in the region, principally

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Trump’s Missile Strike And More Confusion In Syria

The American missile strike and the resulting diplomatic spat with Russia and its allies signal, at least for now, the end to Donald Trump’s agenda to improve relations with the Russian Federation. Having come to power praising Putin and Assad, as well as promising isolationism, but at the same time

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The Mar-A-Lago Meeting

The scheduled meeting between the American President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will be the first face-to-face meeting between Xi and Trump. The meeting will run from April 4th to April 6th at Trump’s private mansion at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where Trump also hosted his meeting with the

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The Retreat Of International Law

Despite the discussions of rule-based systems in governing maritime security, recent events seem to point to the erosion of influence of international law and supranational organizations. Instead, a resurgence of states in international affairs appears to be more than likely as global integration recedes and nationalists reassert themselves in national

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