Author: Francis Shin

After the 2017 Snap Election, Brexit Could Go Either Way

After the 2017 Snap Election, Brexit Could Go Either Way

In my predictions for the 2017 snap election, I claimed that in all likelihood, Theresa May and the Tories would secure a larger parliamentary majority, and that majority would more than likely not affect Brexit negotiations as it would neither change the European Union’s terms nor strengthen the UK’s leverage. […]

The Implications of Hybrid Warfare on European Security

The Implications of Hybrid Warfare on European Security

What exactly is “hybrid warfare”? The term has received criticism for being too vague. Michael Kofman and Matthew Rojansky have argued that Russia has no unified doctrine on hybrid warfare and is, in many ways, simply emulating how the United States operated in Afghanistan and Iraq. Similarly, Damien Van Puyvelde […]

What the 2017 Snap Election means for Brexit

What the 2017 Snap Election means for Brexit

Despite repeatedly claiming that she wouldn’t do so, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election to be held this year on June 8th. It’s apparent that the election appears to have been called by May in order to stamp out any remaining pro-European Union Members of Parliament, […]

The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

In recent years, China has become much more aggressive in its claims in the South China Sea. The Chinese government has long claimed that it has sovereignty over a large part of the South China Sea, using maps drawn by the Kuomintang during the Chinese Civil War to self-legitimize this […]

What an Independent Kashmir Can Offer

What an Independent Kashmir Can Offer

Tensions have been rising between India and Pakistan over Kashmir again. Both India and Pakistan lay claim to the Kashmir, seeing it as an existential issue. India believes it needs Kashmir because it cannot claim to be a properly secular state if it does not have at least one Muslim-majority […]

The Economic and Political Case for Accepting Refugees

The Economic and Political Case for Accepting Refugees

In 2015, an estimated 1.8 million refugees attempted to seek asylum within the borders of the European Union. Most of the refugees trying to enter EU countries were smuggled across the Mediterranean Sea – an extremely dangerous journey, where at least 3,771 drowned or went missing at sea in 2015 […]

What the 2016 LegCo elections mean for Hong Kong

What the 2016 LegCo elections mean for Hong Kong

The last time I discussed the political situation of Hong Kong a few months ago, I predicted that the Hong Kong Legislative Council, also known as LegCo, elections would sway to the mainland regime’s favor. As it turned out, that prediction failed to come true, but was not totally wrong either. The […]

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front Party.

The Rise of the Far-Right in Europe

  “We are ready to open the ovens. We will turn them into soap… to wash cars and pavements. We will make lamps from their skin.” These remarks do not come from Nazi Germany, but from a Greek parliamentary candidate running as a member of the far-right Golden Dawn party […]

Will the Umbrella Revolution Return? Probably.

Will the Umbrella Revolution Return? Probably.

In 2014, when the Chinese Communist party announced that it would require preapproval of candidates for Hong Kong’s highest office under Beijing’s proposed reforms, many residents of Hong Kong noted the apparent contradictions with Hong Kong’s Basic Law promising the right to self-determination and democratic and civil liberties. This lack […]