Matt Adamson


About Matt Adamson

A Policy Advisor for the Central Otago District Council, I am particularly interested in International Relations and Human Security Issues. I try to encourage people to think critically about the issues that don't always get the attention they deserve.

Chilean Abstention From Migration Agreement Sets Worrying Precedent For South America

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera is following through on a promise to tighten the country’s borders after backing out of a migration treaty last month. Piñera’s move sets a worrying precedent for South American countries who are facing large numbers of asylum-seekers fleeing countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua. Chile confirmed that […]


Europe’s Shame: Aquarius Rescue Ship Forced From The Sea

The final refugee search and rescue ship working in the Mediterranean has been forced to suspend its operations following political pressure spearheaded by Italy and supported by major EU states. The rescue vessel Aquarius, which has been moored in Marseille since October 4, is operated by the charitable organizations SOS […]


Ukraine Declares Martial Law Citing Imminent Russian Threat

The Ukrainian parliament voted on Monday to confirm President Poroshenko’s imposition of martial law for 30 days in response to Sunday’s Kerch Strait incident. President Poroshenko, citing intelligence information, labelled the threat of a land invasion as “extremely serious” and described the measures as necessary to make sure Ukraine is […]


Rohingya Future Uncertain As Repatriation Plans Postponed Until After Election

The future for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is as uncertain as ever, and the likelihood of a safe return to Myanmar in the near future is decreasing. Following protests by refugees to the initial repatriation attempts, the Bangladeshi government has put any plans on ice until after the December 30 […]


Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Seeks Asylum In The Netherlands

Lawyer Saiful Mulook, who successfully overturned Asia Bibi’s conviction on blasphemy charges, has been forced to flee to the Netherlands following widespread protests after last week’s Supreme Court verdict. Mulook expressed his desire to remain in the Netherlands at a press conference on Tuesday, and has made an application for […]