Matt Adamson


About Matt Adamson

A Policy Advisor for the Central Otago District Council, I am particularly interested in International Relations and Human Security Issues. I try to encourage people to think critically about the issues that don't always get the attention they deserve.

One Nation Caught Seeking Funds From US Pro-Gun Groups

An Al-Jazeera investigation has shone a light on a length that some political parties will go to gain influence during an election period. Australia’s One Nation Party led by Senator Pauline Hanson were exposed attempting to obtain funding from the United States National Rifle Association (NRA) in return for overturning […]


An End Of An Era? Or More Of The Same For Kazakhstan?

On March 19th, the only leader independent Kazakhstan has ever had, Nursultan Nazarbayev, confirmed his decision to end his presidency after 30 years at the helm. He was the last Soviet-era president still in power and his resignation during his televised address came as a shock to many Kazakhs with […]


Innocence Lost: Reflections Of The Real New Zealand? 3

Friday March 15th, 2019 is a day that will be remembered in New Zealand history as the darkest day this small nation has seen.  In what must be called out as an act of terrorism, Brenton Tarrant entered two mosques in Christchurch and indiscriminately opened fire on those congregated at their […]


North Korea Takes A Tactical Approach To Summit

Veteran North Korean diplomats are apparently being overlooked for the upcoming nuclear summit with the United States. Analysts have speculated that North Korea has been forced to revise its approach to next week’s Hanoi summit following a raft of recent defections and allegations of spying that have sought to undermine […]


Islamic State: The Final Battle?

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the last remaining Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday. It is hoped that this strike will be successful in wiping the remaining vestige of the Islamic State (IS) Caliphate within the SDF’s area of operations. This news comes as […]


Resignation Of Palestinian Prime Minister Deepens Divide

Prime Minister of Palestine Rami al-Hamdallah submitted his resignation and that of his cabinet to President Mahmoud Abbas this Tuesday. The move came as a shock to the international community and dealt a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas, key political parties in the region. Hamas has […]


Internet Shutdown Ruled Unlawful: Zimbabwe Slips Back Toward Authoritarian Rule

Zimbabwe’s High Court ruled that the government had exceeded its authority when it ordered an internet blackout during last week’s violent protests. High Court Judge, Owen Tagu, ordered all telecommunications companies to immediately resume full service, a ruling that came as a sharp rebuke against the government’s previous command. It is […]


Venezuela: South America’s Black Sheep?

Venezuela appears to be inching ever closer to a constitutional crisis as its neighbours in the region begin to consider recognizing the head of Congress Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of the economically ruined country. Current President Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated on January 10, following widespread criticism and a […]


New Zealand Doctors Strike Puts Pressure On The Government

Junior doctors across New Zealand walked off the job on Tuesday, commencing a two-day strike following a breakdown in union talks with District Health Board (DHB) representatives. The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) is protesting the conditions in which doctors are being made to work, which are considered by many to […]


Peaceful Power Passing In Somalia’s Puntland Region

In what can be considered a massive achievement, a region of conflict-ridden Somalia elected a new president on Tuesday. Puntland, an area which has historically been notorious for piracy and Islamist militants, elected Said Abdullahi Deni to a five year term – a candidate who has promised a hard line […]