Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—Chinese expansion, U.S. protectionism, and the fate of Canada

 “Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Yugander Sailesh and Matt Clark take a look at Trump’s foreign policy regarding China’s territorial expansion of the South China Sea and its economic implications on Canada and the world. The South Pacific has become an ever-growing topic of importance in the past few months, with the increase of Chinese influence in the region. The election of Donald Trump has increased the discussion about the South Pacific, given that Trump has claimed he will end the “freeloading” of countries […]

Read more

Politics blog: Trump will be president—how did this happen?

As the result of a dramatic upset election, Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States. Hillary Clinton, who just weeks ago was thought to be infallible, has lost—the Obama coalition of women, minorities and millennials has crumbled around her. How in the world did this happen? Why Trump Won DISENFRANCHISED VOTERS – Working-class America has long felt ignored by the White House. With the collapse of the steel, coal, and auto industries in the United States, primarily after the 2008 economic crisis, America’s working-class has been left wounded. Many feel that the system is broken, only benefitting the wealthy. Trump appealed to this discontent by pledging to make the system work for everyone. LABELLING – Despite her political experience, […]

Read more

Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real – Why did Colombia’s peace deal fail?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. In this blog, Babithan Baskararajah discusses Colombia’s path to peace and whether it is realistic to assume or want foreign assistance. The current Colombian conflict is historically known as La Violencia, which was provoked by the assassination of the popular politician Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. Although the Colombians that demanded justice had won, the possibility of peace succeeding was impossible and this was especially due to the lack of accountability, transparency, and reconciliation existing between FARC rebels and the civilians.  When the Colombian peace agreement referendum failed on Oct. 2, it raised questions about why the majority (50.2 per cent) would […]

Read more

Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real – Will U.S. presidential candidates actually help resettle refugees?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. In this blog, Tania Gomes looks into whether the United States presidential candidates will stick to their views on the refugee crisis, and if the crisis is even on the agenda at all. In light of the 2016 U.S. election, the refugee issue has been the centre of both parties’ policy platforms. The Republicans, led by Donald Trump, continuously affirm that a migration increase from the Middle East would be a national security threat. The Democrats, represented by Hillary Clinton, insist that they will improve the country’s current policies and commitment to refugee resettlement. I don’t think it matters who […]

Read more
1 2 3