In-depth articles for a longer read.
How Should Biden Approach an Aggressive Iran? | Michael Robinett and Steven Young
‘Today, the Biden administration must determine what to do and do it quickly.’
Policy Options for the Green Transition: Command-and-Control and Market-Based Policies.
‘This piece will examine command-and-control polices and market-based policies, which are the first policy categories that usually come to mind when thinking about climate policy.’
Climate Change, Market Failures, and the Need for Government Intervention.
‘Climate change “is the mother of all externalities: larger, more complex, and more uncertain than any other environmental problem”‘
The End of the Internet?
‘While the world closely observes the political turmoil in the US, a new wave of censorship suggests a dire future for the freedom of the Internet.’
Is the contemporary crisis best understood through ‘problem solving’ or ‘critical’ international theory?
‘Above all, the faults of both problem solving and critical approaches reveal the limitations of relying on theory itself to help understand both contemporary and past crises’
The Generation Who Loves Marxism Yet Do Not Understand It: Guest Opinion Piece by Filip Đukić
‘In their heads is the idea of some magical attraction to communism, even though they know nothing or very little of it.’
George Blake’s death marks the declining memory of the Cold War’s lessons
‘The lives of men like Blake serve as an example of the realities that global politics consists of and dissolves the assumptions that we often take for granted.’
The UK’s New 5G Plan: A Japanese Rescue?
It has been recently revealed that NEC (Japan’s leading telecommunications company) has publicised their aim to establish an Open Ran centre in the UK. Such moves could possibly define the UK’s telecommunications 5G rollout. This Open RAN Centre has said they aim “to accelerate the global adoption of Open RAN and to further strengthen…
Regional Sovereign Wealth Funds: A Requisite for the Future?
One of the biggest problems we have in the 21st Century is the sourcing of funds to pay for local services and administrations. There has been many ideas raised to try and solve this problem; from making cuts; streamlining local services; giving up services to a higher-level form of governance; and everyone’s favourite – raising…
Is Malaysia over the BRI?
In recent days, the Malaysian state of Melaka has terminated an agreement with the state’s main infrastructure developer over its Belt and Road Initiative project. As a result, the future of Malaysian involvement was thrown into question. This comes as the Melaka Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement that the agreement with KAJ Development…
Conservative Take On Universal Basic Income
‘…. I believe that most people get the wrong idea on what is meant by UBI so let me give you a quick description as to what I believe it should be.’
Is CANZUK really happening? UK and Canada sign trade agreement.
‘The deal in question will ensure that around £20 billion in trade per annum between the two nations will continue after the UK officially leaves the EU at the start of the next year.’
Tying the Knot? Japan Seeks to Secure Its Defense Links within the Asia-Pacific Region
‘As part of the China exodus, Japan has pledged to increase Southeast Asian nations’ maritime security and to help Southeast Asian nations in other ways.’
Can Indonesia Become a Battery Superpower?
‘It is hoped by Luhut that American companies will need to invest into Indonesia due to the nation’s nickel processing to cut costs for companies like Tesla.’
Japan Attempts to Leave the Dragon’s Lair: Major Business Exodus from China to Southeast Asia
Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, many Asian nations have felt an increased impetus to relocate industrial capacity away from mainland China. One such nation that is aiming to do that is Japan. The reasons for moving are complex and still widely debated amongst scholars, but there is a growing consensus in Japan that…
Malaysia and the Philippines Contest Sabahan Sovereignty
In Southeast Asia, there is currently no shortage of territorial disputes. Many such disputes are over vast areas of land and sea, an paradigmatic example of which is the dispute over the Northern Malaysian state of Sabah on the Island of Borneo. In recent months, Malaysia has presented “its second diplomatic note over the disputed South…
Whilst most economies falter, tax havens will benefit from the expense of the virus
‘Any tax increases will arouse the disgruntlement of most of the public. But by the same token, it will benefit one sphere which receives those who flee inadequacies to their fiscal affairs.’
The Election of Barely Alive
The 2020 US presidential elections are coming and they are about to get weird.
What is an ASEAN?
While studying abroad in Hong Kong last year, I overheard a conversation between a young American woman and a young Singaporean man. During their conversation I heard perhaps one of my favourite questions to be asked – ‘What is an ASEAN?’.From this, I figured I would write a series of short articles around Southeast Asian…
Can you be both Working-Class and a Conservative?
“The question of whether one can be both working class and a conservative is one that has an affirmative answer.”
There are no heroes, only anti-heroes
“It can be assured that the progressiveness the majority of Western society believes in will soon be an anachronism in the future, much like Churchill’s and his own generation’s beliefs are to us.”
The Free State of Hong Kong
“The United Kingdom and its Conservative Government should support this cause out of moral necessity, and to help place Hong Kong as the captain of its own fate.”
Why I Don’t Watch the News
Today, I bring you perhaps the best tip on how to stay informed – don’t watch the news.
The Dichotomy of Experiences and Standards
“George Floyd’s murder, China’s own discrimination of Africans, and its persecution of Uighers within Xinjiang, are testament to the fact that racism is ubiquitous and will exist for as long as we walk this earth”
What we can learn from private schools
As long as I have been in the UK, and have been old enough to pay attention to politics, private schools have always been an issue for the left in general and for the Labour Party in particular. This has never been clearer than during the last election, when the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn…
A House Divided
“If anything, this situation is a show of failure on all sides. Failure of the policemen who detained Floyd to prevent a needles death. Failure of the president to exert leadership. Failure of local authorities to defend their own citizens. And the moment that the protests turned into riots, a failure of human conscience.”
Macron’s Final Days: How Did It Get To This?
Recent days have shown that Emmanuel Macron has been losing power. Many people have suggested, that if he loses too much, he will have to hold early elections. This issue emerged after another group of members within his party defected, which has led to a loss of his parliamentary majority. With the recent defections, as…
A Defence of Dominic Cummings
‘…. critics, unlike beggars, have been extremely choosy when it comes to who they wish to target most.’
Public Policy of the Spread: What Covid-19 Reveals About our Identity
In the last few months, Covid-19 has taught us many things, which can change the way we see the world in the future. Our approach to China, black swan events, hopefully the views on hygiene for some people… Much needed knowledge. The newest lesson lies in the way we process information and approach policy. Every…
Coronavirus Numbers and Facts: Are the Lockdowns Worth It?
While the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its peak in many countries, the row over which policy tools to use seems to only get more vicious. Recently, Elon Musk stood up against the continuation of lockdowns and, much like anyone else who dared question the lockdown policy, got immediately lambasted by hordes of screeching boneheads incapable of…
The Orwellian Dragon
How the Communist Party of China exercises power, persecution, and propaganda home and abroad.
Media and the Narrative Fallacy
Exploration of how our proclivity towards listening to stories shapes today’s media and political landscape
Russian Neo-Eurasianism of modern day
Russia in the modern day has taken steps to go its own way within a geopolitical world with making the Eurasian Economic Union, securing rights and protections for Russian people who fall outside their borders example Crimea (Ukraine) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). This has all been part of their idea of foreign policy which has been…
Libertarian Paternalism: A Revolutionary Resolution or an Ostentatious Oxymoron?
Libertarian paternalism, a term coined by behavioural economist Richard Thaler and legal scholar Cass Sunstein, is an idea that assumes it is possible to direct consumer behaviour in a positive way without encroaching on their freedom. This can be accomplished through what the behavioural science calls ‘nudges’ – indirect suggestions and reinforcements that influence our…
Tackling the Pay Gap: Personality, Judgements, and Biases
Behavioural essay dealing with the pervasive issue of pay gap by examining personality traits, labour practices, and possible non-intrusive policy solutions.
Trump Tweets: Policy-Making in 280 Characters or Less?
Sarcastic essay dealing with the transformative nature of policy-making environment in the age of social media, through the example of one of the orangest men to ever hold nuclear launch codes.