Hugh Davies

About Hugh Davies

Recently graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BA in International Studies. I have a passion for understanding how the world really works, writing about international affairs, and speaking French!

Rockets Fired, Airstrikes Launched As Palestinians Protest US Decision To Move Embassy

Protests and exchanges of violence have intensified between Palestinians, antagonized by the US’ latest political blunder, and Israeli military and security forces operating in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip since December 8. At the time of writing, dozens of people have reportedly been injured on both sides and tensions […]

Zimbabwe Military Coup: Mugabe’s Position Uncertain While Under House Arrest

On Wednesday 15 November, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was placed under house arrest by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), who seized the state’s broadcaster – Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) – and blocked off access to the high court and government buildings. This comes after President Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 6 […]

Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens To Leave Lebanon, Stepping Up Its Condemnation Of Hezbollah

In the latest events unfolding in the political struggle between Beirut and Riyadh, the latter, in conjunction with the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait, has advised its citizens residing or visiting Lebanon to leave immediately, and those who intend to travel to the country to reconsider their itineraries. This comes after […]

IAEA Chief Visits Tehran Amid Growing Pressure On Iranian Nuclear Agreement

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit to Tehran on 29 October 2017. This visit comes amid increased scrutiny and criticism of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the ‘Iran Deal’, signed […]

Data Retention And “Pre-Crime”: Concerns For Privacy And Human Dignity

In China, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Canada, pilot projects of crime-predicting artificial intelligence have been utilized by police services in an attempt effectively prevent crimes from occurring. Predictive algorithms are vastly more comprehensive and wide-reaching compared with human analysis. With that said, there are very real ethical and […]

EU Pledges 500 Million In Partnership With UN To End Violence Against Women

UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the launch of the Spotlight Initiative on September 20th, a joint UN-EU fund with the aim of ending violence against women and girls across the globe. The programme will receive a 500 million Euro targeted investment from the EU over the next few years and […]

War Games Or Mind Games? Zapad 2017 And European Insecurity

Russia, in conjunction with Belarus, has begun to conduct its Autumn ‘war games’ session this week. Like all military institutions, Russia performs a large number of military training exercises and inspections on a rolling basis, oftentimes unscheduled or ‘snap’ exercises that test the actual readiness of its troops and equipment. […]

As The Three Year Siege Of Deir Ezzor Ends, Aid Convoys Reach The City

This week, Syrian Army forces, supported by Russian airstrikes and long range artillery, have disrupted the Islamic State (ISIL) siege of Deir Ezzor, the capital of Syria’s eastern province of the same name. After over a month of preparation and confrontation around the outskirts, troops closed in on the city […]

Qatari Ambassador Returns To Iran, Despite Continuing Tension Between Gulf Nations 1

After nearly two years without diplomatic representation in Tehran, Qatar has restored its ambassadorship to Iran on August 26, 2017. The announcement comes as the crisis between Qatar and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), founded in 1981 as a political and economic union between the Gulf States, […]