Amidst the strained U.S-China relations, what are some policies in the two countries that can cooperate on in order to strengthen this fragile trust? Is it possible for this trust to be built by organizations and individuals outside the government first? Kangkyu Lee, winner of our spring’s essay competition from Georgetown University wrote: “In seeking possible avenues to resolve misperceptions, we should acknowledge the underlying mechanisms that led to the current rut of mistrust. Tribalism and revanchist nationalism are outcrops of the human instinct… We are genetically wired to devolve to the simplest, most emotionally satisfying explanations. Ergo, most are intrinsically motivated to believe the rhetoric and information their governments and media feed them, where confirmation bias then does its magic.” Read more about Kangkyu’s full contest winning essay here.