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Author Archives: Meindert Boersma

While I’m new to the Checks&Balances team, to the IRIO programme and to the city of Groningen, my interest in the world has been eminent for as far as I can remember. As this is an extroadinary time in history to read about the things happening in the world of global politics, I feel priviliged having the opportunity to share my enthousiasm and guide you through the subtle causes of headlines and the huge consequences of unheard phenomena.

An Economic War: Sino-Japanese rivalry in Southeast Asia

While the international community has been focusing on the possibility of an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula, a war – even though not mentioned in the headlines – is already being fought between China and Japan. The battleground of this conflict is Southeast Asia, the soldiers are bankers and the bullets are investment loans. One does not have to ... Read More »

Bloody Interventions and Opportunistic Alliances – How Putin is Challenging the Unilateral World Order

In the abundant chaos in the streets of Homs, the unprecedented destruction of the sites of Palmyra and the stains of blood on the walls of Aleppo, Russia, Iran and Turkey have found opportunity. Together they crave to reshape the regional – and potentially global – balance of power. With president Donald Trump pushing the United States on the isolationist ... Read More »

Abe’s Gamble – A Report of Japan’s Snap Elections

Back in the beginning of 2017, the popularity of prime minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was at an all-time low. Many Japanese had grown tired of the economic recession and government stagnation. Abe’s unpopularity with the public culminated even more when his name was mentioned in a series of corruption cases. His disgrace led to the ... Read More »