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The countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China were deemed by Goldman Sachs to be at a similar stage of development in 2001

New World Order

The Long Arm Of China's Internet Police

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Earlier this month, 20-year-old student Tsering Kyi emerged from a public restroom at a produce market in Tibet, soaked in gasoline and with a defiant fist in the air, lit herself on fire. She was protesting a policy change at Maqu County Tibetan Middle School, in Gansu ...

New World Order

Poking Holes In China's Great Firewall

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? It’s late May and the year is 1989. Among the chaos in Tiananmen Square is 20-year-old David Tian, who is one of millions bravely chanting for political and economic reform from a corrupt and oppressive government. Tian narrowly escapes the worst of this event by hopping ...

New World Order

The Cyberspace Conundrum

almost 3 years ago

The US and China are stuck in a stalemate when it comes to cyber security and hacking. That's because the US is as much an aggressor as it is a victim.

A Q&A with Adam Segal, counterterrorism and national security expert at the Council of Foreign Relations.