Alyssa Pong


The Impact Of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act On Bangladeshis In India

The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December 2019 by the Indian parliament has resulted in an influx of people-smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border. The CAA grants Indian citizenship to minorities from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. As a result of the Act, 1.9 million […]

The Impact Of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act On Bangladeshis In India

Crisis Index

Russia And Turkey Agree To Observe Peace Deal In Idlib

Amidst renewed airstrikes by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu agreed on Monday, 27th January 2020, that a peace deal over the northwestern province be observed. That same day, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, Deputy […]


The Impact of U.S.-Iran Relations On Iraq

The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC’s) Quds Force, by a U.S. air raid was met by yet another retaliation this Sunday, 22 January 2020, as the U.S. Embassy, located in Baghdad’s Green Zone, became a target for rocket fire. An initial military […]

The Impact of U.S.-Iran Relations On Iraq

Crisis Index

Venezuela Crisis: Juan Guaidó Defies Travel Ban For Meeting In Colombia

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, had, on 19 January 2020, defied the travel ban imposed on him by Nicolás Maduro and crossed into Colombia where he attended a counter-terrorism conference in the capital, Bogotá, alongside foreign ministers from several Latin American nations. Guaidó, who is recognised by over 50 countries […]


Dozens Of Gravestones Vandalised In Jewish Cemetery In Slovakia

In a Jewish cemetery in Namestovo, Slovakia, at least 59 gravestones and monuments were vandalised on the 16th of December 2019. With 22 gravestones vandalised in the northern Slovakian town of Rajec in mid-December, this is the second such incident to occur within the country. Its perpetrators unknown, local police […]

Dozens Of Gravestones Vandalised In Jewish Cemetery In Slovakia

Three Teachers Killed In Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack On Kenyan Primary School

Three Teachers Killed In Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack On Kenyan Primary School

Last Monday, 13 January 2020, three male teachers were killed in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack on the Kamuthe primary school in Garissa County, as announced by the National Kenya Police Service. The incident, which occurred at 2 a.m. local time, saw the gunmen attack the Kamuthe Resource Centre where female […]


Uganda Police Arrest Bobi Wine, Fire Tear Gas On Supporters

On January 6th 2020, Ugandan singer-turned-presidential hopeful Bobi Wine was arrested alongside two other opposition members of parliament and journalists covering the events in his constituency of Kampala, preventing him from holding his first public meeting with supporters. The authorities were deployed before dawn to the site, inciting protests by […]

Uganda Police Arrest Bobi Wine, Fire Tear Gas On Supporters

Russia And China Deepen Ties With Amur River Bridge

On 29 November 2019, the construction of the Amur River Bridge, connecting the eastern Russian city of Blagoveshchensk and the northeastern region of Heihe in China, was completed. Undertaken by a Russo-Chinese company, this project involved the building of 12.4 miles of new roads and tracks with a 3,543-footbridge spanning […]


Ousted Sudan President Omar al-Bashir Sentenced To Two Years In Correctional Facility

Deposed former Sudanese President of thirty years, Omar al-Bashir, was convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to two years in a social correctional facility on 14 December, 2019. Saturday’s case was centred not on allegations of human rights violations already faced by al-Bashir, but on financial wrongdoing: the illegal possession […]


Putin And Xi Oversee Launch Of Landmark Russian Gas Pipeline To China

On December 2nd, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping  oversaw the launch of the 3,000 km-long ‘Power of Siberia’ landmark pipeline which will transport natural gas from the Chayandinskoye and Kovykta fields in Eastern Siberia to Northeastern China. The pipeline, operated in part by Russian company […]