Irrationality behind chemical weapons – The Economist

With all the news about Syrian President Bashar Al-assad’s use of chemical weapons and US President Obama’s decision that a “red line” had finally been crossed, The Economist explains why international taboo and uproar over chemical weapons use is, while obviously not justified, is somewhat irrational in comparison to other ways of mass killing. Even Adolf … Continue reading

Who shapes China’s North Korea policy? – International Crisis Group

Who shapes China’s North Korea policy? (International Crisis Group), a 2011 interview with Hahm Chaibong, director of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, scares me a little. The combination of China’s seemingly ad hoc and ambiguous decision-making process for North Korean policy and North Korea’s volatility does not bode well for lasting peace on the Korean … Continue reading

Japan’s Silver Democracy – Foreign Affairs

Japan’s Silver Democracy by Foreign Affairs highlights how democracy can often forge paths that are at odds with economic policies that are objectively healthier for a country – democracy and the economy are not necessarily complimentary. This is also an example of democracy, while reflecting the needs and wants of its citizens, simultaneously stifling public discourse. … Continue reading