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TAIPEI-BEIJING RELATIONS UNDER TSAI ING-WEN’S PRESIDENCY(28.03.2016)

Taipei-Beijing Relations under Tsai Ing-wen’s Presidency

On 15th January 2016, Taiwan held elections and the people chose the first woman President of a country that, in good accuracy, wants to be a country, but it is not so yet. I don’t even know if it will ever be (regardless of how I feel about the matter, and my hopes or desires as a ‘citizen of the world’). Explaining in plain language, for those who are not familiar with the subject, Taiwan (also called Republic of China, whose capital is Taipei) is, from the perspective of Beijing (capital of China, which, in good accuracy is called People’s Republic of China), only a part of the big-huge China (whose capital is Beijing). Taiwan is a kind of r...


CHINA NEW ASSERTIVENESS IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS(1.08.2014)

China New Assertiveness in Foreign Affairs

Recently, newspapers were filled with reports about quarrels in the South China See between China's and its South East Asian neighbour's marines. The moving of an oil-platform in Vietnamese maritime territories or territorial claims over the Scarborough Shoal and the Diaoyu/ Senkaku Islands put the bilateral relations between China and Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan to the test. The Chinese position in terms of the maritime territorial disputes is only one example for the recent change of the countries foreign policy performance. Through the worldwide shifting of power in favor of China since the financial crisis 2008 and with the inauguration of the New Le...


STATE TERRORISM, DEATH SQUADS, AND VIGILANTISM ANALYZE UGANDA AND PHILIPPINE CASES (28.05.2014)

State Terrorism, Death Squads, and Vigilantism Analyze Uganda and Philippine Cases

Bruce B. Campbell defines death squads as, “clandestine and usually irregular organizations, often paramilitary in nature, which carry out extra judicial executions and other violent acts (torture, rape, arson, bombing, etc.) against clearly defined individuals or groups of people.” There is a strong relationship between state terrorism, death squad, and vulnerability. It is difficult to define state terrorism and death squad, however, the author tries to make clear what both state terrorism and death squad are, what the differences and similarity between the two are, and why states use death squads and tend to use vigilantism within the co...


ENERGY WARS ON CASPIAN BASIN(7.10.2013)

Energy Wars on Caspian Basin

Today, many of the world’s likely flashpoints for conventional conflict between lie under water. Such disputes have prompted states to stake their claim with methods ranging from tragic -- China’s bullying of the Philippines over disputed reefs -- to the comic--- witness the Russian Federation planting a metallic flag the arctic seafloor in 2007. Underlying these disputed maritime boundaries, sometimes quite literally, are oil and gas reserves. With more and more oil and gas exploration occurring offshore, future discoveries will heighten pre-existing conflicts and create new flashpoints. The discovery of oil in the Falkland Islands has exacerbated Argentinean claims on what ...


CHINESE RESETTING(17.08.2012)

Chinese Resetting

US President Barack Obama made an address to Congress on the evening of 26 January ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for autumn 2012. He dedicated most of his speech to economic issues. The state of the American economy is still alarming, and the measures that are being taken, according to analysts, only delay the collapse of the economy without solving the problem.War Is Not A SolutionWhile economists are arguing about ways to restore the faltering economy, political scientists are making predictions about possible actions of Washington. Among other measures, analysts do not exclude the use of an implicit method of overcoming the crisis by provoking a war or ...



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