Category: Asia Pacific

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…

Khmer News: Protests in Cambodia

Although it received little media attention, Cambodia’s civil society has been actively campaigning and protesting for a more transparent, fair, and free democracy since the contested parliamentary elections in July. On Wednesday, October 23rd, the 22nd anniversary of the Paris…

State Cohesion: Finding The Narrative In Afghanistan

News coverage of political developments in Afghanistan evokes a unique sense of chaos and confusion. Headlines on Afghan politics focus on a wide range of issues, such as the Taliban insurgency, the drug trade, the approaching American military withdrawal, government…

The Hard Truth of China’s Soft Power: Chinese Aid in Africa

In recent years, China has emerged as a significant economic and political player in Africa, committing $75 billion to aid and development projects since 2000 according to AidData. But what is driving China to make these mass contributions to African…

“A Friendly Neighbour to the North”: Canadian Mining and Human Rights Abuses

Canadians, for the most part, have a global reputation as a peace-loving and human-rights-respecting people; there is a reason so many Americans continue to wear the Canadian flag when travelling. Throughout the world though, Canadian mining companies are consistently involved…

Welcome to Of Soldiers and Statesmen

The subfield of Civil-Military relations, a discipline under the broad umbrella of security studies, starts with somewhat of a paradox; namely, how can society effectively govern those with the guns? More explicitly, how do civilians maintain power over those who…

Welcome to Kan Ke

Welcome to Kan Ke (看客) or The Onlooker, the McGill International Review’s blog on the Far East. Lu Xun, an early 20th century Chinese writer, gave up his job as a doctor to articulate his idea of the “culture of the…