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  • Will Belarus become Ukraine?
    by Andreas Umland on September 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    The history and politics of post-Soviet Belarus and Ukraine are very different. The current Belarusian transformation could be leading to results similar to those of the 2018 Velvet Revolution in Armenia, rather than to those of the 2013–2014 Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Yet, Moscow’s pathological imperialism towards Russia’s Eastern Slavic “brother nations” may mean […]

  • When you Just Want to Fly
    by Richard Basas on September 11, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    The effects of Covid will likely been seen in the economic collapse of many businesses in the autumn. While most societies have organised themselves to some degree to handle any future waves of the virus, the commercial effect will likely start to show signs of a deteriorating economy over the fall and winter months. Smaller […]

  • Vietnamese Policewomen Shine Light on South Korea’s Commitment to Ensuring an Inclusive Society
    by Mark (Won Min) Seo on September 5, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    “Korean Dream” stories of first-generation Vietnamese policewomen reveal that South Korea is indeed a mature democracy that cherishes multiculturalism and aims to protect the most vulnerable ethnic minorities. In South Korea, multiculturalism is not merely a symbolic recognition of the resource-abundant and high-status middle class immigrants’ bourgeois glory. Its “true guardians” defend it by realistically […]

  • How Somalia Was Made ‘Great Again’
    by Abukar Arman on September 4, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      In recent weeks the confluence of many issues and events of different shades and dangers made Somalia’s political situation more complicated. This being the last year of the current administration, challenges of that nature are not entirely new, but the intensity and volatility of these developments are. However, this piece is not an attempt […]

  • Towards U.S.–ASEAN Co-innovation of the Pacific Community
    by Mark (Won Min) Seo on September 3, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations)’s long-term susceptibility to the multidimensional Thucydides Trap between Washington and Beijing has turned the region into a theater of (soft power) competition between the two superpowers. Reflecting the many-faceted volatility of the region’s geostrategic landscape, the fundamentals of the U.S.’ strategic approach to ASEAN should gravitate more towards cultural initiatives […]

  • The Benefits of Policy Diversity
    by Richard Basas on September 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    There are few regions that share the same mix of familiar cultures, language, food and media like Spain and Latin America and separately so, the Middle East. While regions that share their heritage in the Anglo-sphere often dominate world culture and politics, the combined efforts and collective policy approaches of Spain and Latin America as […]

  • Pandemic, Rights, and Commons: America’s Odd Challenge
    by George Paik on September 1, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    An odd policy problem arises out of the Covid pandemic, in the interface (pun noted) between private rights, i.e. not to wear a facemask, and public mandates to wear them.  The collision of particular rights with needs of the commons arises in many global issues.  Henry Kissinger points toward it in the international relations context, noting […]

  • Foreign Affairs Quiz
    by FPA Administrator on August 31, 2020 at 1:45 pm […]

  • Op-Ed: Repression of women increases in Muslim world amid the pandemic
    by Rachel Avraham on August 24, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    A new report by UN Women reveals that the COVID-19 crisis has intensified gender-based violence around the world: “The report observes that lockdowns and quarantine measures placed by many countries mean that millions of women are confined with their abusers, with limited options for seeking help and support.”   However, in the Muslim world, even before […]

  • Losses, Pandemics and Stolen Taxes
    by Richard Basas on August 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      The Covid-19 pandemic affected the world in a negative fashion and almost all countries incurred losses in their communities, often their beloved elderly parents and grandparents, neighbours, family and friends. Along with the loss of some in our communities, we also lost employment and security, and have been stapled to a generation of debt […]

  • Competing With China
    by George Paik on August 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm


  • International Application of the GDPR During the Pandemic
    by Richard Basas on August 13, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      My country, like many others, are starting to produce apps for people’s phones to help provide data on any Covid outbreaks and specify to individuals if they are at increased risk. While such strategies had already been applied in some countries that were able to sufficiently manage their own outbreaks over the last year, […]

  • Op-Ed: Minority persecution in Muslim world increases amid the pandemic
    by Rachel Avraham on August 12, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    As the world is pre-occupied with the deadly explosion in Beirut, domestic unrest and the coronavirus pandemic, the persecution of minorities in the Muslim world increases as we speak, from Turkey and Syria to Bangladesh and Pakistan.   This harsh reality was best illustrated when Sultan Erdogan decided to transform the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.  […]

  • How Will U.S. Policy Address Rights?
    by George Paik on July 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    On July 16, the State Department released the Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights.  The report, as Walter Russell Mead notes, is “a thoughtful and carefully reasoned document that may serve as an important landmark.”  Given the Commission’s charge, though, it should be titled “A Comprehensive Review of U.S. Human Rights Policy,” as […]

  • COVID-19’s Impact on Energy Markets
    by Joe Gurowsky on July 29, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    With COVID-19 spread across the globe and spikes of cases emerging, economies have fallen into recession and energy markets have been severely impacted, bottoming out in April. The global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 is now projected by the International Monetary Fund to decline to -4.9%; global GDP in 2019 was 2.9%. Furthermore, historic […]