Author: Brett Smiley

Pro-Democracy Protests Continue In Belarus

The August Presidential elections in Belarus has led to months of mass protests, sanctions, and speculation of wavering support from Belarus’ closest ally. The August elections saw incumbent President, Alexander Lukashenko capture over 80% of the national vote securing himself his sixth consecutive term as President of Belarus. Despite what

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Pro-Democracy Protests Continue In Belarus

The August presidential elections in Belarus resulted in a sixth consecutive term for incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who secured over 80% of the popular vote to beat opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya. Unsurprisingly, the results led to an outcry of allegations of electoral fraud by the opposition party, democracy watchdogs, and

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Chinese Vessels Sail Into Naval Territory Of Japan’s Senkaku Islands

Earlier this month Chinese patrol ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The Chinese vessels remained in the waters for consecutive days despite Japanese authorities demanding the ships to leave the area. The Japanese Coast Guard reported the Chinese vessels in the area

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Annual U.S.-Led BALTOPS Military Exercises Conducted In Baltic Sea

Earlier this month, the U.S. kicked off the annual BALTOPS military exercises in the Baltic Sea. The BALTOPS is an annual exercise held by United Sates Naval Forces Europe. The exercises normally include naval training, search and rescue exercises, radar testing and tracking, maritime security, and military trials. This year,

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US And UK Conduct Military Exercise In Barents Sea

Earlier this month the United States and the United Kingdom engaged in joint training exercises in the Barents Sea. The exercise included three US destroyers, a fast combat support ship, reconnaissance aircraft, and a UK warship. What makes these exercises significant is the location, as the Barents Sea is located

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Could COVID-19 Be A Galvanizing Force NATO Needs?

COVID-19 or otherwise known as the Coronavirus, continues to spread across the world at an alarming rate. The global pandemic, as it was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), has caused a monumental shift in the world economy, national border controls, healthcare, and way of life. NATO responded to

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NORAD Intercepts Russian Reconnaissance Aircraft Off Alaskan Coast

Last week, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intercepted two Russian reconnaissance aircraft near the Alaskan coast. Russian Tu-142 aircraft entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification zone and remained in the area for roughly four hours. NORAD sent Canadian CF-18 fighter jets and U.S. F-22 stealth jets to intercept the

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West African Leaders Call For International Support To Help Stabilize Region

Stability in the West African Sahel region is teetering. The region encompasses Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, and Mali. Droughts, and other effects of climate change, are contributing to rising levels of poverty in many West Africa countries. In turn, unemployed and poorly educated individuals become vulnerable to extremist ideology,

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U.S Catching Up In The Scramble For The Arctic

What is now being dubbed the scramble for the Arctic, a not so subtle reference to the scramble for Africa by European countries in the 19th century, is the increasing military and economic presence by world powers in the Arctic region. The increasing push into the Arctic has been enabled

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United States Enforces Oil Embargo On Syria

US forces left four people dead and three oil tankers destroyed following airstrikes in Syrian territory at the end of May. The airstrikes are the enforcement of an oil embargo, which is the prohibition of the trade of oil and related products between different countries. The embargo was implemented by

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Austrian Chancellor Ousted After No-Confidence Vote

Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, the world’s former youngest leader was ousted from office this month following a no-confidence vote. The no-confidence vote was triggered by the opposition party, the Social Democrats (SPO), causing the dissolution of the ruling coalition composed of Kurz’s own People’s Party (OVP) and the right wing

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Duterte Threatens War With Canada Over Waste Dispute

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened Canada with war over garbage produced by the latter which has been sitting in Filipino ports over the past six years. The garbage has been sitting within shipping containers, which were shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 by an Ontario-based company called

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Germany Proposes New Legislation To Revoke Citizenship From Dual Citizens

Germany has introduced new legislation aimed to strip dual citizens of their German citizenship, should they fight for a terror organization abroad. German Law is currently permitted to strip the citizenship of dual citizens fighting for foreign national forces, without express permission from the German authorities under the Nationality Act.

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US Ramps Up Presence In Taiwan Strait

For the fifth time in eight months, the US has sent two navy ships through the Taiwan Strait. Earlier this week, the US sent the destroyer USS Stethem and the cargo and ammunition carrier USNS Cesar Chavez through the 80-mile-wide waterway that separates Taiwan from mainland China. The two vessels

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The Alarm Bells Of Climate Change

In 2015, nearly every nation collectively recognized the threat of climate change. This was done by signing the Paris Agreement which seeks to combat greenhouse effects. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) stated that the document’s central aim is to “strengthen the global response to the threat

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