The Guardian on public provision of PrEP in Britain
In the wake of the UK High Court’s ruling that denied an extension to the patent for PrEP, in 2018 my co-authors and I argued that the time has come for the NHS to provide full access to the highly effective anti-HIV drug. To make the case we drew upon our research on public attitudes towards government-provisioned PrEP.
South China Morning Post on the One-Child Policy & LGBT Chinese
Days after the Chinese government relaxed its restrictive (and controversial) one-child policy in 2015, I wrote an op-ed for Hong Kong's largest English language newspaper suggesting that the change in family planning regulations could have an unintended positive effect on gay and lesbian Chinese. I later expanded upon this hypothesis in a full length academic article published in 2019 by the Journal of Homosexuality.
CNN on Syria & the politics of humanitarian intervention
As the conflict in Syria became more difficult for the international community to ignore, in 2013 my co-authors and I wrote a commentary for CNN that drew upon our recently published research on what ultimately drives the US government to intervene on humanitarian grounds. Based upon historical analysis in the 1990s and 2000s, we argued that US intervention was unlikely because it's both rare, and usually dictated by party politics.
Chicago Tribune on the environmental costs of China’s ski industry
A small but growing skiing industry began to emerge in China 15 years ago. This development surprised many because the region lacks much natural snow. Ski resorts thus relied heavily on man-made snow, which uses (and wastes) large amounts of water. In a 2004 piece for the Chicago Tribune I argued that this posed environmental and social problems given that northern China suffered from severe water shortages. The op-ed gained re-newed attention recently (well over a decade after I wrote it) when Beijing was announced host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The region still lacks natural snow, and so will rely even more on water-wasting man-made snow.
South China Morning Post on 'big oil' & environmental protection in China
The South China Morning Post published a commentary of mine in 2004 that discussed the difficult balancing act for large multinational petroleum companies entering the Chinese market: they have had to be responsive to growing domestic and international concerns about growing environmental problems in China, of which many are blamed upon their industry.
Christian Science Monitor on the hidden environmental and social costs of golf in china
In 2003 I wrote an op-ed for the Christian Science Monitor in which I outlined the wide-ranging environmental and social costs of golf courses construction around the world. Given that China was quickly becoming home to some of the most courses in the world, I offered a cautionary tale about the stresses this could put on the country's already fragile environment—as well as the related social problems, and potential unrest that could result as it's degraded further. The piece was later distributed by the Associated Press and re-published in numerous news outlets around the world.