Mark Hopkins

About Mark Hopkins

Mark is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Sydney with a major in history. He is interested in the history, culture and politics of Asia and Australia's position within the region.

ICC Seeks To Investigate U.S. War Crimes In Afghanistan

In early November, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she was seeking authorization from the judges of the Court to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Under the 1998 Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of genocide, crimes against […]

The Rohingya Crisis And Regional Instability

The forced exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state presents a grave risk to regional stability, according to several organizations. Since August 25, Myanmar’s security forces have conducted extensive and violent “clearance operations” against the minority group, instigating a refugee crisis which has seen over […]

U.S. Embassy Document Release Sheds Light On 1965-66 Indonesian Massacre

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta recently declassified almost 30,000 pages of records from 1964 to 1968, which has helped shed further light on the extent of American knowledge and support of the Indonesian Massacre of 1965-66. The Indonesian massacre was the mass anti-communist killings that resulted in the death of […]

Philippines Suspends Police Anti-Drug Operations

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced last week that he has suspended the anti-drug operations of the Philippine National Police. All operations will now be transferred to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which will entail a refocusing on larger drug syndicates as opposed to low-level street dealers and users. Since […]

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis

In recent weeks, tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States, with the conflict threatening to potentially spiral out of control. Both sides are blatantly engaging in aggressive rhetoric—exchanging mutual threats of destruction and petty insults as the global community anxiously looks on. The current condition of North […]

China Cracking Down On North Korean Refugees

China is increasingly cracking down on fleeing refugees from North Korea, and the networks that facilitate these escapes, according to Human Rights Watch. In July and August of this year, the humanitarian organization documented China’s apprehension of 41 refugees— a sharp increase from the 51 people caught throughout the period […]

U.N. Human Rights Chief Condemns Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar 2

In a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned what he called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim population. The U.N. now estimates that over 370,000 Rohingya have fled the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August […]

 IAEA Report Finds Iran In Compliance With Nuclear Deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last week that Iran continues to comply with its commitments established under the July 2015 nuclear deal. Through that agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the IAEA is tasked with monitoring and verifying specific nuclear-related agreements and reporting […]