Daily Archives: December 2, 2016


The UN Security Council Authorizes A New Round Of Sanctions On North Korea

In September 2016, North Korea conducted its fifth and the largest nuclear test. In December 2016, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose a new round of sanctions on North Korea in response to the September test. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon describes the sanctions as the toughest […]


Aleppo – ‘One Giant Graveyard’

‘One giant graveyard’ is how United Nations Humanitarian Chief, Stephen O’Brien, recently described the situation in Syria’s eastern Aleppo. This statement was released during an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday of this week, following the dire humanitarian situation that is occurring in the city of Aleppo. A situation […]


Japan Reveals Its Vientiane Vision In Laos

During the second ASEAN-Japan Defense Ministers’ Informal Meeting, Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada announced the “Vientiane Vision” and unveiled plans for closer security collaboration between Tokyo and the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a visit to Laos on 16 November. Japan seeks to advance […]


Libyan Forces Make Gains In Sirte

Whilst developments in Libya have been worsening since the fall of the Libyan dictator, Gaddafi, years ago, recent developments have offered some hope, at least, against the Islamic State (IS). Libyan forces faced fierce resistance on Saturday from Islamic State militants defending a final strip of land in their former […]