Jasper Hansen

Libyan Conflict: Russia And Turkey Vie For A Solution

On Sunday, military commander Khalifa Haftar announced his fighters would agree to a ceasefire in the Western regions of Libya, after having days earlier rejected the ceasefire called by Russia and Turkey. Minutes after the ceasefire went into place, however, both sides accused each other of having violated it. Khalifa […]

Waning U.S. Power: The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

With the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline expected later this year, the United States has decided to impose sanctions against the commercial European and Russian companies which are currently involved in its construction. Nord Stream 2 is an underwater pipeline currently being constructed in the Baltic Sea, which […]

U.S. Military Surge In The Sahel Will Not Alleviate The Situation

The Trump administration is currently preparing to form a new special envoy position as well as a task force in order to tackle the growing security threats in the Sahel region of Africa. The move comes amidst the rise of extremist groups and a growing number of attacks from such […]

Taliban Attack On U.S. Military Airbase Outlines The Futility Of Peace Talks

Two Afghan civilians have been killed and 73 others injured in a suicide bombing conducted by the Taliban near a key U.S. military airbase. The target in question—the Bagram Airbase—is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. The attack comes as the negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban delegations in […]

Why Is The U.S. Occupying Syria’s Oil Fields?

On Saturday, a large U.S. convoy entered Syria to deploy additional military reinforcements to the oil fields in Northeastern Syria, Turkish, and Syrian media reported. The convoy crossed over from the Iraqi border and was transporting pick-up trucks, minibusses, and oil rigs. The move comes as a follow up to […]

The Re-emerging Cold War: Russia Urges U.S. To Extend Nuclear Pact

Russia has proposed to the United States that the two nuclear superpowers extend their New START nuclear arms reduction treaty by five years, as its expiration date in 2021 approaches. The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) was signed in 2010 under the Obama administration and is the last major […]

The United States’ Position On Israeli Settlements Underscores The Dangerous Influence Of Monied Politics 1

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S. will shift its position on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank, and no longer view them as a violation of international law. The move is a break from the established stance of most U.S. allies, and comes as […]

Two Australian Politicians Banned From China Over Criticism Of The CCP 2

Two Liberal politicians have been barred from entering China after they refused to retract criticisms that they had directed at the Chinese government. The two MPs, James Paterson and Andrew Hastie, were due to undertake a “study tour” in China next month, but both have since had their visa applications […]

Nuclear Deal Crumbles Further As Iran Launches New Centrifuges

The Iranian government has announced that it is now operating twice as many advanced centrifuges and has claimed the move is a direct response to the U.S.’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year and reimposition of sanctions. Such centrifuges are vital to the production of enriched uranium and will […]

23 Candidates Qualify For Algerian Presidential Elections Amidst Protests 1

Algeria’s electoral authority has announced that 23 candidates have qualified for the country’s controversial presidential elections which are set to be held on December 12. The decision has come amid fierce protests in the capital, Algiers, marking the 36th consecutive round of weekly anti-government demonstrations. Protesters have called for an […]