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The following essay is authored by Ioana Diac (First Year Representative for Ideas)
Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms have slowly been eroded by the Chinese central government since 2014. In this worrying political climate, The Wilberforce Society and Cambridge University Hong Kong and China Affairs Society co-hosted a panel discussion to examine the current state of affairs; inviting Benedict Rogers, Evan Fowler and Roderic Wye to share their thoughts on Hong Kong-China relations and what the future might hold.

Writers: Inês Felizardo, Heng Xuan Teo, Nishat Anjum, Beth Amelia Cloughton, and Charlotte Grace. Editor: Yen-Jean Wee. Beneath the more apparent manifestations of gender discrimination in the workplace lies an even more pervasive culture that operates to the disadvantage of women. Such discrimination is even more pernicious because it is subtle and not easily perceived, and thus easy to dismiss. This paper first examines three aspects of this problem: gendered expectations, gender dynamics and interaction, and the ways in which assessing and rewarding achievement is gendered in nature. It then analyses the policies adopted to counteract this discrimination in Norway, India, and the United States, in order to compare them with those of the United Kingdom (while taking note of salient differences in context).  Finally, a number of possible solutions that the UK could adopt are proposed and evaluated, specifically: 

The following essay is the winning submission by Haley Rice for the Lord Wilson Essay Prize.
The “missing middle” has been a popular term for a decade now, bemoaning the lack of centrist parties or moderate candidates first in America [1], and later in the UK [2]. With record levels of political partisanship and animosity in America [3], and rumours swirling of a new centrist party to replace the lacklustre Liberal Democrats in the UK [4], perhaps now is the time to ask: in an increasingly polarized world, what is the role of non-partisanship and centrism in policy? What do we risk when these concepts lose ground?

MYRTO VLAZAKI: AN INSIDER PERSPECTIVE ON THE LATEST FROM GREECE - July 14th, 2015 As a result of the January 2015 elections, a coalition government was formed by the left-wing SY.RIZ.A. and the right-wing AN.EL., the agendas of which converged on the systematic negotiation of the lending conditions with Greece’s creditors. Contrary to what appeared to be the policy of most elected parties since 2009, both SY.RIZ.A. and AN.EL. extended their popularity by being adamant in that they would strike the best deal possible instead of accepting the creditors’ proposals

AGUSTIN FERRARI BRAUN: ANOTHER CHANCE - THE REFUGEES' GIFT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION - September 9th, 2015   This article reflects the views of the author, and not necessarily of The Wilberforce Society, which publishes this article in hopes of spurring a productive discussion on the topic.   Two weeks ago, the newspapers showed Germany's worst face to the world. The country, still a synonym for Hitler for many, was represented by the violent neo-nazis attacks against refugees' asylums. Hate, fear and xenophobia seemed to be Germany's answer to the pleads of thousands of asylum-seekers that saw in that country a promised land far removed from the Middle East. And yet, today the nation's image has radically changed. The violence is no longer at the center of the public eye (which does not mean that it has vanished) and what we see today is Munich police's tweet asking citizens to stop bringing goods for the refugees as they had already enough to supply the needs of the people that would arrive that day and the day after.

by BHARGAV SRIGANESH   Introduction to “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI)   The “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) is one of the key geopolitical developments shaping the world today. The “Road”, counterintuitively, refers to a proposed maritime route connecting China’s south coast to East Africa and the Mediterranean. The “Belt” is a series of land corridors linking China with Europe, via Central Asia and the Middle East. Officially announced by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative stretches through 65 countries that collectively produce a third of the global GDP. Close to $900 billion has already been set aside by China’s largest state-owned

NORA KALINKSKIJ: Conference on ISIS with MIGMO, Russia - November 12th, 2015 The Wilberforce Society hosted a conference with the Russian State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) last Thursday to discuss “The Threat of ISIS – a regional analysis”. The discussion focused on possible collaboration between the UK and Russia on the path to defeating ISIS. Britain and Russia share an interest

VINCENT RUSTILL: SHOPPING AND BUYING FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION - Oct 10th 2018 Technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that most people can only be aware of their lack of knowledge. Even among American CEOs, many of whom are leading the companies helping to create the digital revolution, only 35% are “clear how robotics and artificial intelligence can improve customer experience.”[1] However, as price comparison becomes easier, the ability to improve customer experiences in a £360 million a year UK retail market is an

JACK MCGUIRE, MATIJA FRANKLIN, JAKE REYNOLDS, JOHNNY HUGGIL: FUTURE OF BEHAVIOUR CHANGE INTERVENTIONS - July 30th, 2018 People’s behaviours and decisions do not occur in a vacuum[1]. They are influenced by a myriad factors. Choice architecture is an approach that simplifies people’s behaviours and decisions by looking at how changes in a person’s immediate environment affects their behaviours and decisions[2]. A vital aspect of this approach is the fact that choice architects can cause a predictive change in behaviour. This means that, on average, people will be more likely to behave in a certain way, or make a certain decision, in a particular situation. Choice architects can thus promote a desired decision or behaviours with the

TEISI TAMMING, BRADLEY FRANKS: PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS: AN APPROACH TO ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES - Aug 20th 2018  Introduction An increasing amount of research has shown that psychedelic substances could be of major use for more successful forms of psychotherapy. This research has converged at a similar conclusion – psychedelic substances such as Psilocybin, MDMA, LSD and DMT have a medical value in that they can be used to treat mental health issues such as, but not limited to, addiction, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic