Dam, China, What Happened?

If the countries of Asia were ever gathered into a room and asked, “Who here has ever felt victimised by China?”, a lot of hands would go up in the air. China is often portrayed as the region’s Mean Girl, the power player who exercises soft power to get what it wants, never openly engaging…

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Can David overcome Goliath?

  Can David overcome Goliath? A race to riches as underdog Timor disputes the unfair and subjugating rule of an imperialistic Australia   Under the sea between Australia’s northern shores and the half island of East Timor lies a treasure trove of natural resources specifically oil and gas minerals. Revenues from these two oil and gas…

A Tale of Two Chinas

  If you thought Donald Trump used the word China too much, this is going to be quite the journey for you! When someone says the word China, you probably think of ya know, China, that place where all your stuff gets made! If you’re a China-savvy individual, you’ll be quick to point out that…

Pirates of the Indian Ocean: On Modern Piracy and the Implications for International Law

Bridging the chasm between Hollywood storytelling and real world issues is often predicated on a choice by the audience to suspend disbelief. In the case of the 2013 film, Captain Phillips, this internal dilemma could be as minute as, “Wow, Forrest Gump hasn’t aged well” or as pedantic as, “This film really over-simplifies maritime security…