Category: East Asia

Hong Kong is dying, but has it ever been given a chance to live?

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Silvia Baccanti “No other concept is as powerful, visceral, emotional, unruly, as steep in creating aspirations and hopes as self-determination.”   (Wolfgang Danspeckgruber) It’s official. While the rest of the world was busy fighting covid-19 and while social distancing made protests less likely,...

The Chinese chase for the American soft power

Article by Alessia Petrucci | Illustration by Chiara Zilioli   ‘’Foreign policy, as nature, refuses emptiness’’ (Francesco Costa)   Since the end of the Cold War, the international system changed. Experts now consider it a “liquid system”, not only because there aren’t two super powers constantly challenging each other...

The importance of the lesser evil: why world politics still needs Kim Jong-un

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Guido Brualdi   For two weeks, the world held its breath. On April 15 Kim Jong-un’s absence at the celebration for his grandfather’s birthday didn’t go unnoticed and sparked rumours about Kim’s possible demise. His reappearance on May 2 relieved some observers...