Haoyun Zhang


About Haoyun Zhang

I am a student doing BPPE at the ANU. My interest lies in current events in a global context. I believe that only peaceful and democratic resolutions could eliminate violence or conflicts and make the world a better place.

A Step Towards Peace: Trump Offers To Meet With Iran Without Preconditions

On Monday 30 July, United States President Donald Trump announced that he would like to meet the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at “any time” with “no preconditions.”  At a brief news conference at the White House, Trump said he would meet with “anybody” since he “believes in meeting.” There is […]


UN Delays Vote On Cease-fire Resolution After Russia Rejects Civilian Casualties Reports

A United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a month-long cease-fire in order to provide humanitarian aids in Eastern Ghouta was blocked on Friday by Russia. Representatives from Russia have rejected widespread reporting of mass civilian casualties in Syria. The Russian envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stated during a […]


Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s WHO Appointment Triggered Widespread Outrage

Recently, the WHO appointed Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. The Director-General of the UN health agency, Tedros Ghebreyesus, asked Mugabe to help tackle non-communicable disease like heart attacks and asthma across Africa. However, this decision has attracted global criticism and outrage. Members of WHO have expressed confusion […]


Nobel Peace Laureates Says Trump Is “Igniting New Conflict” By Leaving Iran Deal

This Friday, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate condemned the U.S. President Donald Trump for “igniting new conflict rather than reducing the risk of nuclear war.” The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) emerged as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize, and it criticized Trump after he withheld […]


UN: Immediate Action Needed As Rohingya Crisis Intensifies

More funds and aid are needed as the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar intensifies, a new UN report warns. The report, which was published last Friday, focused on the mass exodus of innocent civilians fleeing Myanmar into the neighbouring country Bangladesh. Since recent weeks, more than half a million people have […]