Being Belligerent about Article 9

Andrew Do What makes a country’s constitution legitimate? It is not exactly a question that many people are confronted with every day. Nonetheless, when asked, I think many people would suggest that a large part of what makes a constitution legitimate is that it is not drafted by some external power. The international norms of…

Weathering the Changes to Foreign Aid Provision

Maybelle Szeto This past decade has seen a plethora of natural disasters plague many countries and continents; few regions have remained unscathed.  Sustained international financial and food aid are crucial to affected countries during their recovery and rebuilding processes in the aftermath of these crises. Most recently, Hurricane Sandy serves as a reminder to Canadians…

My Summer Was Great, How Was Yours? Rounding Up Summer Happenings in the Asia-Pacific

Ernest Chong It’s been a rather eventful summer in Pacific Asia. This three-part mini-series will briefly examine some highlights that have regional and global implications. We begin with a look at the region’s territorial disputes and a major failure on the part of the region’s cooperative organization, ASEAN. Much Ado about Islands The Asia-Pacific region was…

The Sky is Not Falling

… or Why We Shouldn’t Worry Too Much About China’s Latest Military Budget _______________ Ernest Chong China’s official defence budget is set to rise by 11.2 percent this year to an estimated 670 billion RMB ($106B US). Hold the Chicken Little routine. Is the budget increase really that big of a deal? Not really. The…