How China’s new national security law will hobble Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Maggie Shum, research associate for the Master of Global Affairs program, writes that China’s national security law (NSL) is likely to restrict Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

“Critics call the NSL “the end of Hong Kong” because it operates above the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s mini-constitution), making it easier for Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to target political activities challenging Beijing’s authority.”

Originally published at on July 14, 2020.

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Coronavirus may have emptied Hong Kong’s streets, but the pro-democracy protests continue

Maggie Shum, research associate at the Keough School of Global Affairs, explores how the Hong Kong protest movement is adapting during the coronavirus pandemic in a Washington Post op-ed.

“As front line protesters retreated from the streets, moderate supporters continued the fight — another indication of the decentralized structure and fluid tactics of the Hong Kong protests.”

Originally published at on April 23, 2020.

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Experts: Protests reflect world frustration with inequality, corruption

Maggie Shumresearch associate at the Keough School of Global Affairs, commented on the Hong Kong protests in a Crux article about the different “people-power” movements around the world.

“Hong Kong is more visible (and) people are trying to use this position to raise issues of other voiceless, marginalized groups.”

Originally published at on December 10, 2019. 

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Hong Kong’s District Council Elections Take Place on Nov. 24. Or Not.

Maggie Shum, research associate for the Master of Global Affairs program, wrote a Washington Post op-ed highlighting the importance of the upcoming District Council elections in Hong Kong.

“But winning a District Council seat can be a way to have an influence in higher-level politics — the Legislative Council (LegCo) election and the Electoral Committee for the Chief Executive.”

Originally published at on November 14, 2019.

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