Asia


Amid Increasing Tension, United States Announces New Surveillance Initiative

On Saturday, July 20th, U.S. officials announced a new intelligence and surveillance initiative which is centred on the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. Citing longstanding tension and concerns over the behaviour of Iran, officials describe the new ‘Sentinel’ initiative as one way to restore stability to the region, […]


Turkey Announces Beginning Of Joint Weapons Production With Russia

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, revealed plans to deploy a Russian missile defence system by April 2020. In a speech given at an event on 15 July in Ankara, Erdoğan stated that Turkey will jointly produce S-400s with Russia. The announcement has caused tension between Turkey and the U.S., as […]


Myanmar’s Top Officials Banned From Entering The U.S.A.

The U.S. have banned Myanmar’s top general, several senior officers and their families from entering the States, in response to accusations of gross violations of human rights against Rohingya Muslims. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated there was credible evidence to suggest that the Burmese officials were complicit in […]


Democratic Recession In Southeast Asia And The Indonesian Anomaly

Illiberal, strongman populism has taken hold across Southeast Asia over the past half-decade, with many hybrid states backsliding and others entrenching further into authoritarianism. The factors instigating this democratic recession are varied across the Southeast Asian region and rely upon each State’s political history, culture and ethnic composition. Whereas Myanmar’s […]


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe And Her Continued Struggle For Freedom

At the beginning of this week, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was transferred to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Tehran. She was transferred from Evin prison to Imam Khomeini hospital – as reported by Al Jazeera. The campaign ‘Free Nazanin’, which is led by her husband Richard Ratcliffe released a statement […]