Category: Regions

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…

Wrapping Up the Arab Spring (2011-2013) Part 6: Frontier Areas of the Arab Spring: Iran, Israel, Mauritania, Turkey

While the Arab Spring rocked much of the Arab world, upending the regional political order, states in the periphery of the region also saw some effects. All of the states covered in this article are at most marginally part of…

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…