Liam Robins

About Liam Robins

Liam graduated with a Master of International Relations degree from Victoria University of Wellington. He is particularly interested in diplomacy, conflict resolution, and human rights.

US-Led Coalition Claims 603 Civilian Deaths In Iraq And Syria

A recent Operation Inherent Resolve report is claiming that 603 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Syria since they began in August 2014, as a result of US-led coalition airstrikes. These coalition airstrikes form part of an international campaign aimed at defeating ISIS. The purported death toll of 603 […]

Investigating The Inhumane Treatment Of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on Myanmar, agreeing to launch an international investigation into alleged rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. The 47-member human rights body will send a team of experts to Rakhine State, where most of Myanmar’s Muslims live, to investigate a military operation carried […]

The White House’s Proposed Budget: A Drastic Change

The White House is seeking a radical alteration of US foreign policy. The Trump administration plans to reduce its commitment to foreign aid and diplomacy through substantial funding cuts in the administration’s new budget plan. The purported purpose of this budget proposal is to “free up funding for critical priorities […]

Trump Could Be Leading The World Towards A Nuclear Apocalypse

US President Donald Trump, in a recent interview with Reuters, has indicated that he wants to increase the country’s nuclear arsenal in order to assure nuclear supremacy. During the interview, Trump expressed a concern that the United States had fallen behind in its nuclear capacity: “We’ve fallen behind on nuclear […]

Pakistan-Afghanistan Tensions Heighten After Suicide Attack

Pakistan has launched multiple raids and attacks against militants, allegedly killing 100, in response to a recent suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine. The suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine killed at least 88 people and wounded over 200, making it the deadliest attack of the past two […]

Horror At Saydnaya Prison

Amnesty International has released a report, Human Slaughterhouse, in which they claim that as many as 13,000 people have been secretly hanged at Saydnaya Prison, 30 kilometres north of Damascus in Syria, between 2011 and 2015. The killings were allegedly approved by the highest levels of the Syrian government. Amnesty […]

Trump’s Immigration Ban: Alienating Friends, Emboldening Enemies

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order preventing citizens of seven Muslim majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Sudan and Libya – from entering the US for at least 90 days. He has also put a halt on the refugee resettlement programme for 120 days […]

Trump And Jerusalem: A Disaster In The Making

The Trump administration is considering a relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly emphasised his unequivocal support for Israel and told Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that he would “recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of […]