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Residents in a rural South Korean town shout slogans during a protest against a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in their neighborhood outside Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The  missile system will be deployed in southeastern South Korea, Seoul officials announced Wednesday, July 13, angering not only North Korea and China but also local residents who fear potential health hazards they believe the U.S. system might cause. The letters read "Desperately oppose, Deployment THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
37(2) Winter 2016, Asia, East Asia, Features, Politics, Security

THAAD Deployment in South Korea: Militarism Leading To Political Regression

THAAD Deployment in South Korea: Militarism Leading to Political Regression North Korea’s military aggression has intensified over the past months, exemplified by the country’s fourth nuclear...
The Constitutional Court of Korea gets a final say on impeachment cases, approved by the Congress.
Asia, Blog, East Asia, Politics

What State Violence in South Korea Told Us About President Park

On September 25th 2016, a South Korean farmer Baek Nam-gi died. Knocked unconscious by a police water cannon, Baek spent more than 300 days...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gets a look at the latest high-tech projects being developed for wounded soldiers by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, including the ATLAS Robot, center, demonstrated by engineer Brad Tousley, right, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Pentagon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security

The Ethics and Implications of Modern Warfare: Robotic Systems and Human Optimization

The Ethical Questions of Military Technology In 1139, Pope Innocent II led the Second Lateran Council in banning the use of crossbows in war....
An official portrait of former Ambassador Locke. Photo courtesy of the US Department of Commerce, public domain.
Asia, East Asia, North America

People, Trade, and Rights: A Conversation with Ambassador Locke on Evolving US-China Relations

I wanted to start by recognizing the range of experiences that you’ve had in government, from Governor of Washington to Secretary of Commerce to...
Girls in China now attend primary school at the same rate as boys (UNICEF). Yet other fundamental women's rights issues remain unaddressed. CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
37(3) Spring 2016, Asia, East Asia, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Politics

Half the Sky, But Not Yet Equal: China’s Feminist Movement

The Chinese economic miracle has been one of the most publicized phenomena on the international stage. But what is often neglected in the news and in scholarship...
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37(2) Winter 2016, East Asia, Environment, Features, North Africa, Science & Technology

The Essential Element: How Phosphorus Scarcity Endangers the World

Phosphorus: a powdery maroon substance used in producing everything from baking powder to steels to fertilizer. Surprisingly, stocks of phosphorus are declining. The international...
By Mark Fahey, CC BY 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons
37(2) Winter 2016, Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Education, Europe, Features, Human Rights, Politics

Propaganda and Censorship: Adapting to the Modern Age

The role of propaganda and censorship is not as obvious as it may seem. From the infamous propaganda arm of North Korean government to...
Chinese stock market crash. “faiblesse mondial” by Hmitchou. CC BY­SA 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(2) Winter 2016, Asia, Central America, East Asia, Economics, Global Notebook, South America

Ripple Effects of China’s Slowdown on Latin America

All eyes have been on China over the past few months as economic growth trends have slowly slipped, triggering widespread concern among investors worldwide....
648px-Alexander_Hamilton_portrait_by_John_Trumbull_1806
Americas, Analysis, Asia, East Asia, Economics, North America, Perspectives, Politics

The Eagle and the Dragon

When George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson to his administration, the president could not have picked two people who were more diametrically...
Rich high fives female players
37(2) Winter 2016, Central Asia, East Asia, Features, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Politics, Security, South America

The Connectivity of Culture: Innovating in Cultural Diplomacy

Ask anyone to describe their first exposure to, or memory of, another country, and it is very unlikely that their answer will involve debating...