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Rethinking Resort Islands: American Efforts to Shore up Connections to the South China Sea

On December 6, 2020, Posted by , In Asia, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Rethinking Resort Islands: American Efforts to Shore up Connections to the South China Sea

By Haley Grizzell Since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, other countries have known the Republic of Maldives mostly as a honeymoon destination for Bollywood actors. However, the archipelago is now seeing renewed attention for a more strategic purpose. The sea surrounding the islands is the Laccadive Sea,…

Re-education or Genocide? Chinese Oppression of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

By Hannah Pitt and Haley Grizzell Behind green barbed-wire fences sit rows of men and rows of women, segregated by gender. They have been stripped of any religious clothing and instead wear royal blue jumpsuits. Behind these fences, Uyghur Muslims go to have “their thoughts transformed.” China claims these camps are necessary…

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

On September 18, 2020, Posted by , In Asia,North America, By , , 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…

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…

No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

On July 8, 2020, Posted by , In Europe, By ,, , With Comments Off on No Laughing Matter: The Rise of Ukraine’s Comedian-President

By Nate McGhie In the wake of the 2014 Euromaidan uprisings in Ukraine, comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy created, produced, and starred in “Servant of the People”, a TV series about an unknown history teacher winning the presidential elections. The show is a satirical take on the corruption and inefficiency…