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.

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Concerns Over Increasing North Korean Involvement In Nepal

Since February this year, North Korea’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) has expressed interest in investing in Nepal’s hydroelectric and agricultural industries. With increasing North Korean economic involvement inside Nepal’s border, the U.S. has pressed Nepal to abstain from hosting North Korean business and observe the U.N.’s sanctions. In […]


Put Children Before Politics: Famine Sets In As North Korea’s Nuclear Program Continues

As of February, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Song, has officially declared a food crisis in the wake of its worst drought in almost four decades and has requested urgent foreign aid for the 40% of North Koreans who are facing “severe food shortages,” many of whom […]


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s crimes against humanity continue to go unanswered

The son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi continues to evade prosecution for a series of violent war crime allegations by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Along with Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli and al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi stands accused of a series of grave war […]


Elite Military Organization Or Harsh Terror Group? Controversy Over Iran’s New Guards Corps

The US has had a turbulent relationship with Iran since its revolution in 1979.  With President Trump’s designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, the US classifies an entire foreign government pillar as a terrorist threat for the first time and enters into an uncertain situation […]