Hanyu Huang


About Hanyu Huang

Hanyu Huang was born in 1994 in China. Migrated to Canada in 2006. Graduated from University of Toronto in 2016 from the Economics and International Relations program. Interested in East Asian economic and security issues.

Prospects Of Denuclearization In The Middle East And East Asia

May 2018 has proven to be a time of disappointment, as hope that the United States can come to terms with Iran and North Korea first diminished and then disappeared. First, the United States announced that it has decided to unilaterally withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) […]


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 […]


Trade War And Real War: Confrontation Under The Trump Administration

March seemed to be the month of trade protectionism coming out of the U.S. At the beginning of the month, the U.S. president Donald Trump announced that he plans to introduce tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium going into the U.S., causing apprehension among U.S.’ allies and neighbours. After […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Jobs And Tax Cut Act, Social Stability, And Populism In The U.S.

Donald Trump’s December tax cut is the first major American tax reform legislation since 1986 and is also Donald Trump’s first major success in passing a legislation that he had championed. The new Jobs and Tax Cuts Act reduced corporate and income taxes with the stated goal of stimulating the […]


From Hero To Villain: The Transformation Of Social Media’s Relationship With Liberal Democracy

The rapid change in how social media has been perceived by the public since the rise of populism in liberal democratic countries in 2016 has been astonishing. Whereas previously, social media was held up as the beacon of liberalism, post-2016 social media is viewed with increased suspicion by its former […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]