Anton Anin

About Anton Anin

Anton is studying a Masters of International Relations at the Australian National University and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. His academic interests are refugees and asylum seekers, the conflict in Ukraine and climate change politics.

India-China Tensions Flare In Border Dispute Between China And Bhutan

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted live firing drills in the Himalayas in a stand-off with Indian armed forces. In early July 2017, Indian troops intervened with PLA operations to build a road through the Dolam Plateau in Doklam, an area contested by Bhutan and China. It is estimated […]

Japan Scrambles Jets To Head Off Russian Bombers

Russia is turning its attention to its eastern borders. For instance, the United Press International reported that on 12 April 2017 the Japanese Air Self Defence Force scrambled multiple fighter jets to intercept the approach of three Russian aircraft’s in Japanese airspace. Russia deployed two Tupolev TU-95MS bombers down the […]

They Must Be MAD: Why Is North Korea Developing Nuclear Weapons?

On 6 March 2017, as South Korea and the United States deployed tens of thousands of troops and military assets in their annual Foal Eagle training exercises around Japan and South Korea, North Korea launched four Scud missiles. According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, three of the four missiles […]

Information, Propaganda, And Conflict In The Digital Age

When one thinks about the use of the internet in international conflict, one invariably thinks of cyberwar: the use of computer viruses and malware to disrupt and even destroy national critical infrastructure in order to cripple a state in preparation for a more conventional, physical attack. However, missing from much of the […]

World’s Largest Refugee Camp Avoids Closure

The world’s largest refugee camp has escaped closure this week. The Kenyan government originally planned to close the refugee camp in Dabaab, Kenya by November, 2016. The government then postponed this closure for six months. A successful high court challenge to the decision means the camp will remain open, providing […]

Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Needlessly Antagonistic

Rex Tillerson’s comments before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are causing an unnecessary escalation of tensions between the US and China. President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State has declared that island building must cease, and China should be barred from accessing the islands it currently controls in the […]

Polish Law And Justice Party Withdraws Proposed Media Reform Laws

Poland’s governing Law and Justice party has bowed to popular pressure and withdrawn proposed changes to their media laws. The changes, which have been described by Polish opposition party members as undemocratic and authoritarian, were the subject of popular protests at the end of 2016. Thousands of Polish civilians picketed […]

US Lifts Ban On Weapon Exports To Syria

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the United States would commit an additional 200 soldiers to Syria at the Manama Dialogue, a security conference held in Manama, the capital of Bahrain on 10 December 2016. The contingent will consist of Commandos and Bomb Squad specialists. Their role will be […]

Australia Announces Plan To Transfer Refugees From Manus Island And Nauru

On Sunday November 13, the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, announced that a deal has been struck with the United States government to transfer refugees from Manus Island and Nauru detention centres to the US. While it is unclear how many […]

Protestors Clash With Police At Standing Rock

An environmental protest has come to resemble a warzone in recent days as protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, USA, have become flash-points of violence between police and protesters. News outlets have reported that the Police and National Guard have used sound cannons, tasers, tear […]