Indonesian Court Rules President Negligent over Pollution
The Central Jakarta District Court orders President Widodo and six other officials to strengthen air quality standards after finding them guilty of neglecting citizens’ right to clean air. Prof. David Boyd (SPPGA; IRES) emphasizes the constitutional and legislative duty of the Indonesian government to protect its people from the dire consequences of air pollution.
N. Korea’s Cruise Missile Test Aimed to Draw US Attention, Resumption of Talks Unlikely
Following North Korea’s cruise missile test aiming to draw U.S attention, prospects of future denuclearization talks remain dim. Prof. Ramana states that he doesn’t believe the test will result in significant changes in U.S policy.
Fish Consumption to Double by 2050, According to New Report
A Blue Food Assessment report estimates global consumption of fish and shellfish will almost double by 2050. Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA; IOF) advises blue food exporters to carefully evaluate the trade-off between export revenues and domestic nutrition.
China's Cotton Subsidies Immiserate Farmers in the World's Poorest Countries
“Cotton subsidies have long been seen as a symbol of the injustice in international trade”, writes Prof. Kristen Hopewell. In China, cotton subsidies give farmers an artificial advantage in global markets while devastating farmers in low-income countries.
Fight ‘Galamsey’ at High Sea!
Dr. Rashid Sumaila, (SPPGA; IOF) discussed the cost of illicit trade in West Africa marine resources. He says “resources to tackle illegal and unreported fishing, especially those that fuel illicit trade, need to be pulled at both at regional and continental levels.”
Delta Upends the East Asia COVID-19 Model
East Asian countries aced the COVID-19 battle in 2020 through strategies of implementing strict measures rapidly and effectively. Political Science Prof. Yves Tiberghien (SPPGA Faculty Associate) discusses how the largely successful East Asia COVID-19 model has partially fragmented since the summer of 2021 in the face of the Delta variant and growing socio-economic costs.
Canada, Allies Watchful of How China Will Fill Western Void in Afghanistan
With the withdrawal of the United States and its allies from Afghanistan, China is stepping into the void to exert influence on the troubled country. Prof. Paul Evans states that avoiding spillover of terrorist groups into China is the number one priority.
Thousands of People in BC Remain Unvaccinated. How Can Health Officials Convince Them to get Immunized?
CBC News spoke to Dr. Heidi Tworek (SPPGA; History) about the challenge of improving COVID-19 immunization efforts as thousands of people in B.C. remain unvaccinated.
Canada-North Korea Pursuing Academic Exchanges via Video Conference
Prof. Kyung-Ae Park was interviewed on the topic of constructive engagement with North Korea during the COVID-19 period, discussing KPP’s recent initiatives of knowledge sharing via video conference with Pyongyang (in Korean)
Third Covid-19 Shots Must Be Offered to Immunocompromised Canadians
In an op-ed for The Globe and Mail, Prof. Kristen Hopewell discusses the implementation of a third Covid-19 shot for immunocompromised populations. For at-risk populations, a third dose may mean the difference between life and death, she adds.