Abbey Dorian


About Abbey Dorian

Undergraduate of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney with a passion for international relations and humanitarianism. I am particularly interested in the impact of cybersecurity and the preservation of human rights in an increasingly technologized world.

Nuclear Peace: Australia’s Oxymoron

The first legally binding international agreement of its kind, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was passed by the UN General Assembly on 7 July, 2017. The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty comprehensively prohibits the use and threat of use of nuclear weapons alongside the development, testing, production, […]


Thai Politics And Coup Culture

Following the March elections which were described as “free but not fair”, Thailand formed a new reconditioned government in July as it moves away from the last half-decade of military rule. Thailand has been plagued by political instability since the establishment of a constitutional monarchy and uneasy progression towards democracy […]


Yang Hengjun: A Diplomatic Hostage 1

Diplomatic relations between Australia and China have become increasingly antagonistic as Australian writer and political commentator, Yang Hengjun, continues to be held by Chinese authorities. Earlier this week, attempts by the Australian government to return Yang home failed as China formally charged the pro-democracy advocate with “espionage.” In response, Australian […]


Fears For Another Tiananmen As Protests In Hong Kong Intensify

Despite Hong Kong’s international airport resuming operations this week, the intensity of pro-democracy protests and their tensions with pro-Beijing groups and police show no signs of slowing down. Initially, in reaction to an extradition law allowing Hong Kongers to be transferred to mainland China to face prosecution, the protests have […]


Climate Change: A Human Rights Issue

Climate Change is the most pressing issue of the 21stcentury and is at the epicentre of humanity’s concerns for the future as we face environmental crises on an unprecedented and alarming scale. Climate Change or the deleterious malformation of our Earth’s natural weather patterns pose intersectional challenges to the quality […]


Urban Guerrilla Warfare: The Threat Of The Future? 1

With unprecedented levels of connectivity and digital literacy globally, the way in which potential threats and conflict are being planned and exercised have drastically evolved. Despite the current global security environment being geared towards peace keeping and counterinsurgency, the ability of non-state actors to coordinate and carry out damaging attacks […]


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 […]


China’s Social Credits: Indoctrination In The 21st Century

As a digital iron curtain descends with the balkanization of internet regimes globally, the ability of connectivity and digital literacy to grant or restrict freedoms has never been more apparent. In China, this is visible in the introduction of the Social Credit System (SCS), expected to be fully operational by […]


The Burqa Ban: Secular or Isolationist?

This week, Quebec’s education minister Jean-François Roberge has sparked criticism with a social media post in which he poses next to human rights activist Malala Yousafzai in France. Although seemingly an innocent photo with an inspirational Nobel Peace Prize winner, the irony of the shot amidst Quebec’s recent Bill 21, […]


Big Data And The Sustainable Development Goals 2

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline explicit, time-bound, and measurable targets for national development plans in sync with global concerns for climate security, equality, and development. With 169 multi-dimensional targets to be achieved by 2030, this ambitious program requires 232 statistical indicators or performance metrics from every country to monitor progress […]