Author: Austin Flack

The Power of Xi (Part 5)

The Power of Xi (Part 5)

From his sweeping anti-corruption to doubling down on interests in the South China Sea, Xi Jinping continues to tirelessly pursue his agenda.

Mao 2.0: The Rise of Xi

Mao 2.0: The Rise of Xi

Last week we did a crash course in China’s political history. Our aim was to better understand the historical context of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) development, as well as the root of their guiding principles. This week we’re going to look Xi Jinping […]

China’s Historical Government Part 3

China’s Historical Government Part 3

Last week, we discussed what the Chinese government has been doing to address catastrophic air pollution. Looking at the history of environmental policy, I mentioned that the Chinese government initially didn’t prioritize enforcement of environmental laws. Of course, this changed in the mid-2000s, and now […]

China Summit: An Avoidable Collision Course with Unavoidable Consequences

China Summit: An Avoidable Collision Course with Unavoidable Consequences

On April 6th, President Xi Jinping will have arrived in Florida for a two-day summit at President Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort —the importance of which cannot be understated. The first summit between a new US President and any world-leader is always important; however, in keeping with […]

Death by Breath (Part 2)

Death by Breath (Part 2)

Following up on last week’s article about air pollution in China, we look at what the Chinese are doing to combat their dire situation.

Death by Breath (Part 1)

Death by Breath (Part 1)

To kick off my series on China, we jump head first into the ever-cheery topic of catastrophic air pollution!

Cautious Optimism for the Future of North Korea

Cautious Optimism for the Future of North Korea

Despite effectively being an insecure bully with a hand grenade, there is room to be cautiously optimistic about North Korea’s future.

A Purge too Far

A Purge too Far

How decades of purging turned a politically diverse, revolutionary movement into North Korea.

Finding Power in the Circus that is North Korea’s Government

Finding Power in the Circus that is North Korea’s Government

As part of my continuing series on North Korea, can you guess how the North Korean government actually works?

The Annual Spring Dance of Peninsular Conflict

North Korea and the rest of the world are flirting yet again in their annual dance of military posturing – what else is new?