At 11:55 in the morning of April 25, 2015, the streets of Kathmandu were as bustling as ever. Residents and tourists alike gathered under the Dharahara Tower, a local landmark that attracted sightseers from all around the world. There was no suspicion of imminent catastrophe. But by noon, chaos reigned supreme. An earthquake of enormous […]

The latest wedge in Sino-American relations is not China’s support of North Korea or its alleged cyber warfare tactics, but instead the creation of a new economic institution: the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Despite its innocuous name, the AIIB has been contentious from its conception, polarizing governments while strengthening China’s global influence. The idea […]

When the residents of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, took to the streets at midnight on July 9, 2011 to celebrate the country’s independence, they expected a future of peace and order after decades of unrelenting conflict. Though the mood was optimistic, the ensuing stability was remarkably short-lived. By December 2013, the world’s youngest […]

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