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China and Japan in Anarchy: A Neorealist and Constructivist Explanation of the Kurihara Island Conflict

On September 11th, 2012, China issued a statement explaining its claim to sovereignty over a group of islands in the East China Sea, despite the fact that the Japanese government had announced its intention to purchase the islands from private…

Between the Bear and a New Rome: Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice

On November 21st, the Ukrainian government announced it was halting negotiations over a free trade and economic development agreement with the European Union (EU). This was justified as necessary in the hopes of reestablishing normal political and economic relations with…

Toward an Understanding of True Equality

Despite Nietzsche’s famous declaration that “God is dead,” religion is occupying a large place in today’s international public discourse. This is evident here in Canada by the discussions and debate surrounded the Quebec Charter of Values, one attempt to define…

Resolved: This House Would Institute a Universal Basic Income

PROPOSITION Soon, Switzerland will have a referendum on a proposal to give a universal basic income (UBI) of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800 dollars per month) to every working-age adult, regardless of income. That works out to $33,600 a year in…

Syria and Broader Trends in International Diplomacy: Part 2, Russia

The Obama administration’s drastic shift in US foreign policy in a post-Iraq War world order has already been evidenced by its handling of the Syrian Civil War. Although it took time, the United States is beginning to recognize that soft…

Slipping Through the Cracks of Government

In the wake of another Remembrance Day, the government’s disregard of Veteran Affairs could not be more glaringly obvious. The Conservatives have made some half-hearted bids in recent years to try to make reparations, but these have rarely been met with…

Zion on Ice: What is the Jewish Autonomous Oblast?

If asked to name the languages of northeast Asia, Yiddish probably wouldn’t be the first to come to mind. Yet in the Russian Far East, much closer to Beijing or Pyongyang than Moscow or Jerusalem, the miniscule Yiddish community of…

Syria and Broader Trends in International Diplomacy: Part 1, The United States

The agreement reached in Geneva on 14 September between Russia and the United States over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons is an interesting example of inter-state cooperation against the backdrop of international crisis. Although it looked as though…