Spencer A. Wong


About Spencer A. Wong

Spencer is a graduate student at The George Washington University, studying Security Policy Studies. He is interested in European domestic politics and international relations and the political dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region.

As Talks Between Washington And Pyongyang Stall, Fears Over The Breakdown Of North Korea’s Denuclearization Process Rise

This past week, North Korean official Kim Yong-chol abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for this Thursday.  As both countries seek to reconcile their differences and pursue détente, the latest developments in the bilateral relationship pose deep challenges for maintaining peace and stability on […]


The Khashoggi Effect? Understanding The West’s Sudden Shift On The War in Yemen

A recent France 24 television debate, “Khashoggi effect? U.S. calls for ceasefire in Yemen,” discussed the impact of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder on the recent decision by Western leaders to refocus attention on the ongoing Yemeni Civil War. At the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. […]


NATO War Games: A Ratcheting Up Of Tensions?

From October 25 to November 7, NATO forces will take part in what its Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg calls, “NATO’s biggest exercise since the end of the Cold War.”  50,000 soldiers from 31 countries, 250 aircraft, 65 naval vessels, and 10,000 military vehicles will take part in the military exercises, taking […]


Death of Afghan Police Chief Pushes Afghanistan Into Further Crisis

The death of the high-ranking and powerful police chief and intelligence head of Kandahar Province, Abdul Raziq, has thrown the South Asian nation yet further into chaos and uncertainty. The incident occurred on October 18, as the Afghan police chief was meeting with the U.S. Forces and NATO Resolute Support […]


In Splintered Bosnia-Herzegovina, Its Recent Elections Reveal Deep Divisions in the Balkans

Recent elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina have revealed a nation and a region that remain deeply divided.  The election results for Bosnia’s presidency express the bitter ethnic tensions between the three dominant ethnic groups—Bosnian Croats, Bosniaks, and Bosnian Serbs.  In elections for the three-person presidency, in which each of these ethnic groups […]


Tensions Between Tehran and Washington Escalate After Recent ICJ Ruling

On October 3, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) made a historic ruling in the case Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America, ruling that U.S. sanctions on Iran must exempt humanitarian goods.  The case was brought before the United Nations judicial body by Iran in July, in […]


A World Of Fake News? The Fourth Estate In The Era of Social Media

During both the campaign and aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election the idea of “fake news” received significant coverage.  Repeated constantly by then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump, “fake news” has since become a source of debate in American society. While  President Trump has weaponised this concept to rail against the […]


Despite Trump’s Criticism Of NATO, Poland Seeks A Permanent U.S. Military Base In The Country

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda visited Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 and met with President Donald Trump. This visit might have been like any other official visit by a head of state to the White House, but its political impact was highlighted by the Polish President’s request to the […]


Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Under Fire In Response To Jailing Of Two Journalists

On 13 September 2018, Aung San Suu Kyi, the celebrated human rights activist and dissident, said the jailing of two Reuters journalists reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis was not because of their profession, and that their imprisonment was not a government crackdown on free speech.  Responding to a question […]


In Fight For Idlib, Fear Rises For Civilians Caught In The Crossfire

In what is seen as the final showdown between President Bashar al-Assad and his allies’ forces, and anti-government fighters and terrorist groups, the stakes could not be higher. With key cities and towns, such as Deir ez-Zor, Ghouta, and Deraa retaken by regime forces, there are few remaining pockets of […]