February 2, 2020

In the last month, the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus has become an increasing concern for the international community. The number of people infected by the virus now exceeds that of the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 and has forced many countries, such as the United Stat...

January 1, 2020

For over twenty years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been plagued by ethnic violence and clashes over resources. Over seventy armed groups are believed to be active in the country and the vast majority of these groups are based in the east. Yet, the co...

September 1, 2019

In July, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a public health emergency and warrants a larger response from the international community. This outbreak is proving to be a major challenge fo...

April 29, 2019

On the 25th of April, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin for talks focused on efforts to de-nuclearise the Korean peninsula. Importantly, this follows on from the failed Hanoi summit with President Trump in February, which ended...

March 20, 2019

Since the 2014 revolution, Ukraine has undergone many significant changes. The most serious of these has been the Russian annexation of Crimea and the ongoing war in the Donbass region of the country. However, anti-corruption activists argue that the issue of corruptio...

February 24, 2019

In recent years, the Venezuelan government has been working on a system of cards which can be used to track the behaviour of its citizens. Through cooperation with the Chinese telecommunication firm: ZTE, President Maduro has created a powerful tool which punishes beha...

January 11, 2019

With the recent election success of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, there are increasing concerns that democracy is beginning to falter in South America. This election is particularly startling because Bolsonaro holds openly homophobic views and has previously praised the mi...

November 14, 2018

The United States has been the dominant player in the Pacific since the end of World War Two and has a well-established military presence in the region. Knowing this, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been engaging in a systematic effort to draw Pacific nations...

October 27, 2018

When Amazon announced that they would raise the minimum wage for their employees to $15 an hour, many commentators praised Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, for this new approach.  Despite the fact that Amazon is a multinational company, people genuinely applauded this pitifu...

September 30, 2018

Following the announcement of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the 2018 election, there is very little indication Zimbabwe is becoming a more democratic and fair nation. Indeed, the allegations of fraud in the election by both the opposition and international monitors s...

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