Author: Declan Hourd

The Coup In Myanmar

On the morning of February 1st, the democratically elected government of Myanmar was overthrown in a military coup citing the November election as fraudulent, despite international confirmations to the contrary, and declared a yearlong state of emergency. As the event is developing the motives for the coup are presently unknown,

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The Quad Is Not ‘Asian NATO’

As the tension between China and the United States increases, analysts and policymakers look to historical precedent to help inform the design of their foreign policy going into the future. In the West, particularly American strategic thought, this emerging conflict is looked to as the 21st century’s Cold War. In

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The G7 Meets In June To Discuss Coronavirus Recovery

On the 17th of January, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to hold the 2021 G7 summit in Cornwall in June later this year. This conference is the first time G7 members will have met since 2019, as the 2020 conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus. It will

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Capitol Hill Riots: The Tragic Trump Legacy

On the 6th of January, the world stood still and watched Capitol Hill was stormed by a mob in an attempt to overturn the result of democratic elections. This is the final moment that represents the legacy of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. A violent

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Democratic Elections Held In Myanmar

In the shadow of the U.S. elections, on November 8th, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won Myanmar’s second democratic election. The NLD won in a landslide victory and it sees Aung San Suu Kyi continue her role as State Counsellor, Myanmar’s equivalent of a prime minister. This is a

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What Does A Biden Presidency Mean For Foreign Policy?

After a drawn-out election process, Joseph Biden Jr. was announced as the winner of the presidential election and will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021. This election was watched around the world and is record-breaking in voter participation. However, what does this mean for the international audience? Before

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The Dangers Of Unchecked Technology: Oppression From TikTok To Xinjiang

In September 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) published an expansive report entitled “TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling global information flows.” The report discusses the soft power of censorship that these apps exert onto their users. Broadly, it demonstrates how censorship policies of media companies can direct or

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Taking Its Toll On South Pacific Communities And Their Economies

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the people and economy of Pacific Island Nations. They are countries that are isolated and suffer from deficits in medical infrastructure and would struggle greatly to contain the contagious coronavirus. In acknowledging these deficits, Pacific Island countries were among the first countries in the

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Democracy Is in Danger In Thailand

In March, this year a popular pro-democracy party was dissolved by the incumbent government, and protests have been happening in Bangkok since then. The protestors have called for the dissolution of the government and scrapping the current constitution that was installed by the government after it came to power via

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