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Old Hands Turned New Hires – Chinese Espionage in the American Intelligence Community

On September 18, 2020, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With 1 Comment

By Haley Grizzell The People’s Republic of China has been recruiting retired intelligence officers to leak classified information to the Chinese government. In just the latest part of uncovering this trend, the United States arrested Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer, on August 14, 2020. In response to…

Rodrigo Duterte and the Erosion of American-ASEAN Ties

On August 15, 2020, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Rodrigo Duterte and the Erosion of American-ASEAN Ties

By Haley Grizzell Filipino policy has changed drastically in the last few years, with ramifications for Southeast Asian geopolitics. President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a campaign to break up “oligarchies” in the Philippines’ economy, stripped journalists critical of his policies of their licensing, and conceded to Chinese claims in the…

Here to Stay: What Putin’s Referendum Means for Russia and the World

On August 14, 2020, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Here to Stay: What Putin’s Referendum Means for Russia and the World

By Nate McGhie Russians went to the polls July 1st to vote on a referendum that will make sweeping changes to their constitution, most notably greatly expanding President Vladimir Putin’s federal power and extending his potential presidency to the year 2036. The longtime Russian leader’s term limit was set to…

Post-Baghdadi ISIL

On July 9, 2020, Posted by , In Middle East, With Comments Off on Post-Baghdadi ISIL

By: Christian Hawkes Summary The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) has faced major setbacks in the past year. The twin shocks of the previous year — the loss of the group’s final territories in Syria in March 2019 and the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during…

Chinese Expansion in the South China Sea

On July 8, 2020, Posted by , In Asia, By ,, , With Comments Off on Chinese Expansion in the South China Sea

By Brayden McFadden In the past five years China has become increasingly aggressive about asserting their authority over greater and greater swathes of the South China Sea through the creation and militarization of artificial islands. One aspect of this expansion that has drawn considerable ire from the US is the…