Author: Jason Woodroofe

The Afghan Affliction: Is Iraq Next?

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban take over has captured the attention of people around the world. Perhaps nobody is watching with the attentiveness of those in Iraq. The U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan created a security vacuum, which allowed the Taliban to rapidly take over the country in

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Rhetoric And Instability In Tigray

The Tigrayan conflict in Ethiopia has slipped in and out of the main news cycle for the past year. Past weeks have seen a sharp increase in aggressive and demonizing rhetoric from both sides, risking the escalation of the conflict and raising worries of a full-blown ethnic conflict.  Before exploring

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War In A Time Of Peace – Is Hybrid Warfare The New Norm?

In the 21st century, many scholars of international relations have claimed the world has learned lessons of the past and that direct, open conflict between major world powers is no longer worth it. Economic interdependence, nuclear weapons, and the lack of will for war from the general public means that

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Cyber Attack Shuts Down Major US Fuel Pipeline

Over the weekend of the 9th of May a ransomware cyber attack shut the Colonial Pipeline in the Eastern United States. According to BBC News the pipeline carries 45% of the fuel for the Eastern United States, including petrol, diesel and jet fuel. The ransomware attack was carried out by

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The DRACO Project And The Era Of Star Wars-Style Space Fighters

Rapid advances in technology mean we are seeing the lines between science fiction and reality blur more and more each day. A newly-commissioned project by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) blurs those lines even further. The Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations, or DRACO, could be pulled right

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Heavy Flooding Devastates Timor-Leste During COVID-19 Lockdown

According to preliminary reports from the ground, heavy flooding has affected upwards of 10,000 people and killed at least 21 in Timor-Leste, reports UN News. The majority of the affected people live in the capital Dili and parts of the city remained underwater for days afterward.  The flooding struck on

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The Geopolitics Of The Modern Space Race

There is no doubt that the world is in a new space age. In the last ten years, the world has witnessed rapid development in space technology and rapidly growing tensions between world powers. The same principles define the geopolitics of space as those on the ground. What sets space

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Four Years Of Foreign Policy Under Biden: What Can We Expect?

Over the last four years, the foreign policy coming from the White House has been described by experts as uncoordinated at best, and outright dangerous at worst. While Trump and his cabinet favoured the nationalistic “America First” doctrine and challenged many accepted international norms, we can expect the new Biden

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2020 Ties As Hottest Year On Record

A new report by the European Union’s Copernicus earth observation service shows that 2020 tied with 2016 as the hottest year ever recorded, rounding off the world’s hottest ever decade.  The report shows that in 2020, “temperatures globally were an average of 1.25 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than

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A Fourth Generation Of Human Rights?

A Fourth Generation of Human Rights? Human rights are often taken for granted in day to day life in the western world, as they are enshrined in law and policy (for the most part). We often forget that Human rights have not always been guaranteed. In fact, what constitutes a

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Timor-Leste: The Path From Peace To Prosperity

Timor-Leste: the path from peace to prosperity Standing underneath the 27m tall Cristo Rei statue of Jesus and staring back across at the beautiful city of Dili, it is hard to imagine that Timor-Leste is shrouded in a past of colonialism, occupation, and civil unrest. Timor-Leste (often referred to as

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Should NZDF Opt For A Drone Based Future?

A drone based future? The global military drone market is growing rapidly and as New Zealand looks to the future of its defense force we must ask ourselves if we see drone technology there. Public perception of UAVs is often negative and associated with issues like the war on terror

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Haftar’s Homies: Do They Have The General’s Back In Libya? 

Libya’s horrendous civil war has raged since 2011 and still has no clear end in sight. Egypt’s renewed support for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a key player in Libyan politics and the military for over four decades, may push the conflict into a new stage. Currently the UN-backed Government of

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A New Era In Global Drone Sales?

The U.S. plans to change its policy stance on the Cold War-era 33-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Treaty with the hopes of further expanding U.S. drone sales around the world, reports Al Jazeera news. Under the new proposed changes the United States would be able to supply armed drones

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Is July 1st The Date The Map Of The Middle East Is Redrawn?

On Monday the 1st of June an article appeared in the Jerusalem Post that should have given shivers of concern to anyone with a desire in upholding international law. The article in question claims new Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had instructed the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to prepare for

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