James Balzer

Trump And The Iran Deal: A New Paradigm?

Recently, President Trump went against the Iran Nuclear Deal, which is causing significant controversy across the world of international relations. Many of the leaders of the Western world are speaking out against Trump. Those running the U.K., Germany and France claim that “the world is a safer place” as a […]

North Korea, South Korea And The U.S. Military Presence: A Complex Trio

It has been announced that South Korea will aim to keep U.S. troops within its borders, even if a peace treaty with North Korea is signed. The announcement came recently and with a confused reaction from many International Relations experts, many who directly associate the presence of U.S. troops as […]

China And The United States: The Modern Thucydides Trap?

Rumbling along through rural Timor-Leste, I admire the foreboding bridges and machinery overshadowing the four wheel drive that I’m in. Huge signage in Mandarin oddly lines the muddied dirt roads in areas that you would normally consider untouchable by anybody other than locals. There is an odd juxtaposing ambience of […]

Trump And Syria: A Fragile House Of Cards

In response to alleged gas attacks against civilians in Syria, U.S President Donald Trump, alongside the UK and France has made a decision to initiate tactical strikes against the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Furthermore, he has proposed that further strikes are plausible if the regime does not stop oppressing and violently […]

The West, Conflict And Refugees: Time For Some Diplomacy?

Recent Western interventions in the Middle East have instigated tensions and uproar in the region at an unprecedented rate. In particular, the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan alongside the conflict in Syria have seen an initiation of high levels of refugees in the region. These conflicts have led to the […]

Attack In Muenster: Implications For Mental Health In Relation To Violence

On April 8, two individuals were run down by a truck in Muenster, Germany, one of them being a 51-year-old woman, and the other being a 65-year-old man. Twenty people were also injured in the same attack. The incident comes amidst the context of other vehicle-based attacks in Europe over […]

Guinea Bissau: A Demonstration Of The Role Of Women In Conflict And Its Impacts On Their Treatment In Theatres Of War

I have increasingly been interested in how addressing other elements of social rights and justice is a reasonable and intelligent means of mitigating global conflict. In particular, understanding social inclusion, rights and being able to successfully implement them is a means to make society a happier and more wholesome place. […]

The South China Sea: A Real Life Game Of Thrones?

Recently, the US Navy destroyer USS Mustin carried out a supposed “freedom of navigation” exercise in which it sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea. This has sparked significant controversy between the two super powers in a region where conflict […]

From Detroit To The DRC: Global Victims Of Neoliberalism

The cold and lifeless streets contain a silence more powerful than the sounds of livelihood that used to pervade them. Places, where middle-class families used to dwell, are now nothing short of slums. Nobody steps here without some sinister business, which is usually conducted in the abandoned playgrounds where laughter […]

Rohingya People, Myanmar And The Australian Government: An Unfortunate Mix

In spite of recent cases of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, conducted by the state’s military and government, the Australian military remains fully sanctioned, and are undertaking the “green light” to train and advise Myanmar military personnel, also known as the Tatmadaw. Rakhine, the area where many Rohingya reside, was long […]