ISDP Voices

    Japan on its Way to a Decarbonized Society

    Since the end of 2015, over 190 countries have adopted the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement focuses on mutual financial and technological support in limiting global warming. Additionally, more developed partners envisage capacity-building assistance to developing countries. Even though Japan has one of the highest volumes of carbon emissions per capita (ranking 8th globally), it […]

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    People’s Tribunal versus People’s Republic

    This weekend something unusual is going to happen. From June 4th to 7th an independent tribunal in the UK will hear evidence about human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Western China. Witness testimonies and expert opinions will be livestreamed on YouTube and key points will be shared on Twitter so interested parties can see […]

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    Samoa: China’s Pacific Cross-Roads Moment?

    When news broke that Samoa’s prime minister elect, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, would suspend a multi-million-dollar port project financed by the Chinese government it added fuel to the flames of an already existing political crisis. Mata’afa, who is set to become the country’s first female leader, denounced the project as “excessive”. Although she noted that she […]

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    Falling out of the Middle Class?

    In a recent episode of the Chinese TV drama “A Love Dilemma”, two husbands in the central story share a personal moment contemplating the essential problem tormenting China’s youth in education and career possibilities. The Theatre Effect (剧场效应) one explains, is the phenomenon where a group of people are watching a play in a theatre […]

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    Trump’s Facebook Ban Upheld as U.S.-EU Mull Action on Big Tech

    Amid the invasion of Capitol Hill four months ago, social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube banned then-President Donald Trump from their platforms, citing repeated violations of the Terms of Service and incitement to violence. The unilateral decisions to de-platform a world leader – long-overdue argued some – sent shockwaves reverberating across the globe, stirring […]

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    China’s Food Security Affects Us All

    In the late 1950s China experienced one of history’s most devastating famines when an estimated 35-45 million of its people perished. Since then, China’s population has more than doubled to 1.4 billion in 2020. Not only does the Chinese landmass need to feed twice the people it did in 1950, but rising living standards have […]

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    The Splintering of the Pacific Islands Forum – What Now?

    Ever since its inception in 1971, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) has had numerous obstacles to overcome in developing and strengthening cooperation across the world’s largest ocean. These include the yawning physical distances between many Pacific nations, which traditionally posed unique communication challenges and the need to juggle the diplomatic interests of several outside actors, […]

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