Shelley Zhao

About Shelley Zhao

Currently studying International Relations and Economics at the ANU.

International Responsibility For War In Yemen

Since March 2015, Yemen has been devastated by a complex armed war between the internationally recognised Saudi Arabia-backed government and the Houthi rebels. The Houthis, Yemen’s Zaidi Shia minority from Yemen’s Sadaa province, have fought the Yemeni government for several years, rapidly expanding after the failure of a political transition […]

“Terror Attack” In Stockholm Leads To Increased Security In Nordic Countries

A stolen truck was crashed into a store in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon, killing four people and injuring another 15 people. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has announced that the incident appears to be a terror attack and has taken measures to heighten security in Sweden. The truck left […]

US Takes A Tougher Stance Against North Korea: China Urges US To Be ‘Cool-headed”

US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has stated the possibility of using military force against North Korea if their weapons programs threaten South Korean and US forces. North Korea is developing long-range nuclear missiles, which Tillerson claims have reached “a rather dangerous level.” Tillerson announced the tougher stance of the […]

Aid Is Urgent For Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

United Nations Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien says the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Over 20 million people are facing starvation and famine in four countries: Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and North-Eastern Nigeria. In an address to the UN Security Council, O’Brien called for […]

China’s Lowest Military Budget Growth Rate In 7 Years

On Saturday, China announced a 7% increase to its annual military spending, China’s lowest military growth rate in seven years. Taking up 1.3% of China’s GDP, China claims that the proposed military budget is based upon China’s economic and defense needs. However, such a low military spending growth rate has […]

Mexico Marches Against Trump

Tens of thousands of citizens in Mexico marched on Sunday to protest against US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and his executive order to construct a wall along the US-Mexican border. Waving Mexican flags and anti-Trump signs, infuriated Mexicans displayed remarkable national unity in order to accuse Trump of racism […]

Colombian Government And FARC Rebels Sign Revised Peace Deal

  The 52-year long guerrilla war between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has finally come to an end on Saturday after more than four years of negotiations. Colombia’s government and the FARC have signed a revised peace agreement for the second time in six weeks, […]

The US Halts Weapons Sale To The Philippines

The U.S State Department halted a plan to sell 26,000 assault rifles to the national police of the Philippines last week, due to concerns regarding human rights violations of Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. President Duterte’s angry response to this decision highlights the widening rift in the relations […]