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In 1923, Joseph Stalin decided to shift the majority-Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh into Soviet Azerbaijan as an independent oblast. This decision has predisposed Armenia, which makes a cultural claim to both the region and Azerbaijan and holds ...

Unwavering Tension in Nagorno-Karabakh

In 1923, Joseph Stalin decided to shift the majority-Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh into Soviet Azerbaijan as an independent oblast. This decision has predisposed Armenia, which makes a cultural claim to both the region and Azerbaijan and holds ...

Universal health care can transform a country. In Japan, the kokumin kaihoken insurance system has led to the world’s highest life expectancies, equal access to affordable health care, and extensive long-term care for the elderly. Japan is not alon...

At What Cost

Universal health care can transform a country. In Japan, the kokumin kaihoken insurance system has led to the world’s highest life expectancies, equal access to affordable health care, and extensive long-term care for the elderly. Japan is not alon...

After the Japanese annexation of the Korean peninsula in 1910, many Koreans migrated to Japan—some voluntarily, others by force. During Japan’s 35-year occupation of the country, all Koreans were legal Japanese citizens, but after the defeat of t...

Between Borders

After the Japanese annexation of the Korean peninsula in 1910, many Koreans migrated to Japan—some voluntarily, others by force. During Japan’s 35-year occupation of the country, all Koreans were legal Japanese citizens, but after the defeat of t...

Though now one of the most arid regions in the world, the Middle East was once home to a lush environment. Sadly, the scattering of forests and natural vegetation that formerly defined the landscape have all but disappeared as a direct result of defo...

Taking Root

Though now one of the most arid regions in the world, the Middle East was once home to a lush environment. Sadly, the scattering of forests and natural vegetation that formerly defined the landscape have all but disappeared as a direct result of defo...

Trains aren’t sexy. They’re those lumbering, screaming steel cages billowing smoke as they rumble slowly along to their destination. Or are they those fun little toys that five-year-old children play with on the kitchen floor? Either way, they ar...

All Aboard The Future

Trains aren’t sexy. They’re those lumbering, screaming steel cages billowing smoke as they rumble slowly along to their destination. Or are they those fun little toys that five-year-old children play with on the kitchen floor? Either way, they ar...

In the last two years, the Shanghai and Beijing Municipal Governments have been on a steady mission to, ostensibly, formalize the economy. Government officials sweep district-by-district, stopping at small restaurants, home-based noodle joints, local...

China’s Digital Future: Monopoly Capitalism?

In the last two years, the Shanghai and Beijing Municipal Governments have been on a steady mission to, ostensibly, formalize the economy. Government officials sweep district-by-district, stopping at small restaurants, home-based noodle joints, local...

On August 15, 2018, the New Zealand parliament passed an unprecedented law barring most foreign buyers from purchasing homes, fulfilling the Labour government’s campaign promise to implement a foreign buyer ban. As citizens of the country with both...

A New ‘Yellow Peril’

On August 15, 2018, the New Zealand parliament passed an unprecedented law barring most foreign buyers from purchasing homes, fulfilling the Labour government’s campaign promise to implement a foreign buyer ban. As citizens of the country with both...

The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline, has been hailed as a “peace pipeline” with the potential to develop cooperation between regional rivals and strengthen economic development throughout the ...

TAPI: Peace or Continued Power Struggles?

The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline, has been hailed as a “peace pipeline” with the potential to develop cooperation between regional rivals and strengthen economic development throughout the ...