Sino-Japanese Relations: Is the Door Creaking Open?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Japan has announced that its foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, will be visiting China; the first visit by a senior foreign policy official in nearly five years. At a time of increased tensions between the two nations over the Senkaku islets and Diaoyu Islands, as well as Chinese ‘expansionist’ policies and Japan’s security bill permitting it to use preemptive force, the …

I am unable to congratulate Aung Suu Kyi on her victory

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

I was once a fan of Aung Suu Kyi. She was a human rights hero under house arrest by a dictatorial regime. She was released and the world celebrated. She needs no introduction. An inspiration to men and women alike and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Aung Suu Kyi was a model for all aspiring human rights activists. She demonstrated …

The Great Unwinding

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

For the past two decades we have seen unprecedented growth in demand for consumer items and housing with large emerging economies like China playing a focal point in the supply to global consumers. But what happens next when the predominantly western aging consumers decide to reduce their spendthrift habits? Western consumption is waning as is China’s ability to satisfy demand …

Pray for Bangkok

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On Monday the 17th of August, a devastating bomb ripped through the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, killing 20 people. Nine of these were foreigners, from countries including the UK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described the incident as the “worst-ever” attack on Thailand. This is not the sole act of terrorism the country has seen this …