Declan Hourd

About Declan Hourd

I'm a currently completing my Master of International Relations (Coursework) at UNSW. I have a background in Asian Studies and Economics.

How Did We Get Here? The Decline Of The Australia-China Relationship

Last month, in the escalating feud between Australia and China, Australian coal imports were banned by China. While the move has achieved its intended effect of attacking Australia’s economy, it will negatively affect their national power supply. As winter begins in China, having people freeze in their own homes as […]

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 […]

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 […]

International Will For Climate Change Is Growing And Australia Is Being Left Behind

Foreign policy analysts often comment that the effectiveness of a country’s response to coronavirus is pinned to its bureaucracy. Particularly, the ability of the bureaucracy to take the advice of experts and transform it into actionable and functional policies. For example, both Vietnam and New Zealand have had incredibly effective […]

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 […]