Zachary Fillingham

Zachary holds a BA in International Relations from York University and an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of London (SOAS), where he wrote his thesis on Chinese political security considerations in Central Asia. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Zachary was the recipient of a Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Scholarship and spent years working and studying in Taipei. He has worked extensively as a writer, editor and translator, and has consulted for some of the world’s largest finance firms. Zachary’s primary areas of expertise are East Asian politics, Chinese nationalism, and food security.

Three Policy Takeaways from the US Election


Regardless of who emerges the winner, the most immediate consequences of the election will manifest in tax, trade, and partisanship.

We’re Asking the Wrong Questions about Huawei

Mobile World Congress, cc Flickr Kārlis Dambrāns, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ask the wrong questions, get the wrong answers.

Fallout Mounts for Saudi Arabia in Wake of Khashoggi Murder

Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts an enhanced honor cordon to welcome Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, to the Pentagon, June 16, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, modified, https://dod.defense.gov/Photos/Photo-Gallery/igphoto/2001554944/

The diplomatic consequences are mounting for Saudi Arabia after the apparent assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Beijing Heads Back to the Stimulus Well

Shenzhenstock, cc Flickr Scott Brown, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, modified,

Amid a tanking stock market, a GDP miss, and a real estate downturn, the Chinese authorities are considering new stimulus measures.

Close Call Foreshadows Growing Tensions in South China Sea


The near miss involving US and Chinese warships in the South China Sea is a troubling sign of things to come.

Backgrounder: Brazil Elections 2018

Sessão Extraordinária Plenário Ulysses Guimarães Dep. Jair Bolsonaro Foto: Beto Oliveira 30.06.2011 - https://www.camara.leg.br/internet/bancoimagem/banco/2011/06/2011063018359_20110630_018LP_LC.jpg - modified - Beto Oliveira / Câmara dos Deputados

With a divided presidential field, anything can happen in Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections – and that’s what has investors worried.

Backgrounder: Nord Stream 2


Key background information on Nord Stream 2, the energy pipeline that was center stage at this week’s NATO summit.

Debt-Saddled Pakistan Raises Possibility of BRI Renegotiation

ImranKhan, cc Flickr Financial Times, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Pakistan’s new government wants to revisit the terms of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) contracts signed by its predecessor.

The Cough that Changed the World?

Clintonsp, cc Flickr, modified, Gage Skidmore, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Hillary Clinton’s early departure from a 9/11 event over health reasons could shake up the US presidential race.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Revealed, Sort Of

cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Though his first speech on the subject was short on details and occasionally contradictory, it did give some important clues as to what Trump’s foreign policy would be like should he be elected president.

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