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In the wake of the 2019 Anti-Extradition Law protests in Hong Kong, the escalating chain of mass public demonstrations represents a significant event within both the city’s history and for President Xi Jinping – leaving Xi at the risk of befalling to the ‘Paramount Leader Trap’ (PLT). The immediate watershed...
President Donald Trump

Towards a Neo-Monroe Doctrine: American Hegemony in the Trump Era

A profound change was taking place across the Americas in the 1820s. The gigantic realm of New Spain, once a pinnacle in the European...
Confucius - Temple of Literature, Hanoi

Confucius Institute: Another Example of Canada’s Dysfunctional China Strategy

In the Analects, Confucius famously says: “In practicing the rules of propriety, it is harmony that is prized.” Harmony has been a central tenet...
President Vladimir Putin & Nicolás Maduro

The Geopolitics of the Venezuelan Crisis

A great game is gaining momentum in Venezuela pitting the US against the entrenched interests of China and Russia. Over the years, as Hugo...
Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world spanning over 17,000 islands, held its Presidential elections on 17 April, which saw the revival of the 2014 rivalry between the incumbent Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, a retired general and former son-in-law of Suharto. Widodo's return to power last...
Cambodia’s economic growth remains under threat, as the European Union (EU) begins the process of removing the country from the Everything-But-Arms (EBA) scheme, and more recently the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The EU's response to Cambodia stems from the government's turn away from democratization that dates back...
Indonesia, the biggest country of the Southeast Asian region, and world’s third largest democracy which houses the highest number of Muslims in the world, has completed the process of choosing a new government. Sadly, however, the post-election scenario in the country is mired in controversies. The incumbent President Joko Widodo...
Thailand's Parliament recently selected its next Prime Minister, but there was never any real doubt about who would emerge the winner: 2014 coup leader and current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. While the vote ends Thailand's protracted election season, the 2019 election leaves much to be desired in terms of...