This piece is the first installation of a two-part series on the Chinese One Belt, One Road strategy. To read the second installation, click here. When I arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, a landlocked, mountainous country in Central Asia and the smallest and ...

I received the email pictured above from a friend last year shortly after returning to the United States from Azerbaijan. He was alleging that my email account had been hacked into, and that the perpetrators were editing my emails before ...

Every year, numerous articles and books are written on the topic of development. These publications regularly focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, the poorest region in the world, and they almost always describe development from a Western perspective, appealing to policy makers ...

Recently, the Huffington Post released a widely popular three minute compilation video of Donald Trump repeating the word China with varying degrees of contempt. As apparent in the video, candidate Trump has made attacking China a major plank in his ...

Crimes against humanity. No three words pierce the international sphere so drastically, no charge is quite so damning, yet none is equally as ambiguous. In fact, the charge – because of its weight and because it is often levied against ...

“The entire issue is legally absurd,” snorted the Estonian foreign minister earlier this summer, when Russia announced intentions to review the legality of granting independence to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania back in 1991. In view of ...

For all the excitement about Euromaidan and the Ukraine crisis over the last 18 months, it seems that many have forgotten why Vladimir Putin so desperately wanted to keep Kyiv in Russia’s orbit in the first place. Starting as early ...

“The War to End All Wars” is a phrase describing the First World War, typically invoked when someone wants to mock the self-assured sense of destiny of European observers in 1914. After all, the unprecedented bloodshed of the First World ...

The ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea is increasingly leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), politicians, academics and civil society to vehemently criticize the EU’s approach to the crisis and the lack of a humanitarian operation in coherence with principles of human ...

A sense of exceptionalism is bred in people of the United States, starting as early as preschool. From its very genesis, the US was a “City Upon A Hill,” an ideological beacon of light that Puritans sought to erect as ...