Where We Are Going Today: Bubbleology

Updated 21 February 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Bubbleology

Connoisseurs of bubble tea in the capital do not have a lot of options as there are few places that serve the Taiwanese beverage. Bubbleology is one of the few that does — and does so in style.

For the uninitiated, bubble tea is a sweetened tea drink to which is added tapioca balls, known as boba, which can be solid and chewy or hollow and filled with different flavors of juice that is released when bitten.

The quirky, unusual drink has grown in popularity around the world in recent years, and Bubbleology takes it to another level with some unique flavor combinations, such as jasmine milk tea and ginger tea with popping lychee boba, among many others. 

The interior decor of the store is equally clever and innovative. In keeping with its name, the cafe resembles a science lab. This also reflects its belief that the preparation of bubble tea should be a precise scientific method, and they have expanded on that idea to also make the whole experience visually pleasing as well.

Bubbleology can be found in Panorama Mall, Riyadh.


What We Are Reading Today: Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers by Yan Xuetong

Updated 25 March 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers by Yan Xuetong

  • Yan shows how rising states like China transform the international order by reshaping power distribution and norms

While work in international relations has closely examined the decline of great powers, not much attention has been paid to the question of their rise. The upward trajectory of China is a particularly puzzling case. How has it grown increasingly important in the world arena while lagging behind the US and its allies across certain sectors? 

Borrowing ideas of political determinism from ancient Chinese philosophers, Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers explains China’s expanding influence by presenting a moral-realist theory that attributes the rise and fall of nations to political leadership. Yan Xuetong shows that the stronger a rising state’s political leadership, the more likely it is to displace a prevailing state in the international system. 

Yan defines political leadership through the lens of morality, specifically the ability of a government to fulfill its domestic responsibility and maintain international strategic credibility. Examining leadership at the personal, national, and international levels. 

Yan shows how rising states like China transform the international order by reshaping power distribution and norms. Yan also considers the reasons for America’s diminishing international stature even as its economy, education system, military, political institutions, and technology hold steady. The polarization of China and the US will not result in another Cold War scenario, but their mutual distrust will ultimately drive the world center from Europe to East Asia.