After a long review process, our Winter 2021 Journal can be found at this link. As always, we are grateful to to our contributors and staff, whose hard work makes the CJFP possible.
by MUZZAMMIL AHMADZADA, WAQAS HAQUE, & AHMAD AHMADZADA | The year 2020 will forever be remembered for how an outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus—an infectious agent just under 90 nanometers in diameter—redefined institutions on an international level. What began as a “cluster of pneumonia cases” in Wuhan, China in January turned into a global pandemic resulting in 83.4 million cases of infection and over 1.82 million deaths at the time of this writing. Although various degrees of lockdown were implemented worldwide to reduce the spread of the highly contagious virus, it was evident that only a vaccine providing immunity to the general public would afford society a return to normalcy.
by THOMAS WEIL '22 Thomas B. Ginsburg, JD, PhD, is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and the Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He received his education at the University of California-Berkeley, with a BA in Asian... Continue Reading →
by YOUNES MAHMOUDIEH, University of Barcelona Picture a country plagued by uncertainty, instability, and violence; government institutions have begun to collapse as the world watches with growing concern. The United States has recently witnessed the rise of voter suppression, intimidation of the media, and the co-optation of military forces for political means. In many ways,... Continue Reading →
by PARANJAY SAHANII, University of Toronto '23 IntroductionThe term ‘azaad’ rings in every shop, street, and district of Kashmir. The citizens want freedom from corrupt government machinery, loss of life, economic degradation, and brutality. Thus, it has become synonymous with the wants of the inhabitants of the region. However, the waves of Hindutvaand the unstable history of... Continue Reading →
by CHRISTAL CHENG, University of Toronto '22 The Second Sino-Japanese War refers to the military conflict fought between China and the Japanese Empire during World War II. In spite of the unimaginable scale of human suffering and the ravaging effects of war on the society, the eight years of resistance contributed to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) rise to power.
by SAM ZENG '21 Since 2012, Xi Jinping has made explicit his desire to accomplish the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” drawing on popular nationalist sentiment that believes China’s rightful place is being the dominant power in Asia.
by JORDANNA YOCHAI '21 This article uses the case of Egypt, during and after the Arab Spring, to highlight the shortcomings of the popular transition paradigm and challenge theorists who contend that Islam is to blame for the widespread authoritarianism in the region.
By KARINA HOLBROOK, '22 On Dec 28, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to establish a Russian-Belorussian working group to discuss various aspects of integration and controversial issues between the two countries.[i] Russia denies any movement towards unification of Russia and Belarus, with Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov of Russia stating that any... Continue Reading →
by THOMAS WEIL, '22 Over the past several decades, polarization across the American political system, at the local, state, and national levels, has accelerated. There are various causes for this schism, one of which is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering – the drawing of a voting district in such a way as to favor one group over another... Continue Reading →