Sam Raleigh

About Sam Raleigh

I am a current student of International Relations and Government at Griffith University. I am interested in how political issues are framed and reported on, and would encourage readers to analyse topics critically, especially living in an age where information is so easily manipulated.

What Are Hypersonic Weapons And What Threat Do They Pose?

As 2018 was on the way out, Russia successfully tested its ‘Avangard’ hypersonic glide vehicle, demonstrating how far it had come in developing hypersonic weapons. The test was conducted at the Dombarovsky missile base in the southern Urals and hit its target some 6000 kilometres away in Kamchatka. Russia joins […]

Venezuela – On The Cusp Of Freedom Or Civil War?

Following years of hyperinflation, political unrest, and a flat-lining economy, the proclamation on Thursday by Juan Guaidó declaring himself as interim President of Venezuela certainly has brought about national and international hope towards securing a stable and free state Venezuela. In retaliation, President Nicolas Maduro on the 23rd ordered US Embassy […]

U.S.-North Korea Summit Announced For February – Steps Forward To Where?

Earlier this week, the White House announced that President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, will be meeting for a summit sometime in February. The announcement followed talks in the oval office between the U.S. President and North Korea’s top negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, which focused on matters […]

Has ISIS Really Been Defeated? Possible Effects Of US Withdrawal From Syria

On December 19, US President Donald Trump announced in a video that “we have won against ISIS,” and that it was time to bring the troops home, with aims of a withdrawal by early April next year. This abrupt declaration of victory largely contradicts the advice of senior officials and […]

Update On The Current Situation In West Papua

On Saturday, a report was released from the Saturday Paper alleging that on December 15th a village in the Nduga district was attacked by Indonesian Security Forces utilising white phosphorous chemical weapons. This claim comes after approximately 30 construction workers were shot and killed by separatist rebels during the building of […]

New Australian Decryption Laws: How Will They Affect Privacy And The Fight Against Terrorism And Organised Crime?

On December 6, new decryption laws were passed in the Australian parliament granting unprecedented power to law enforcement and intelligence agencies and their investigative capabilities. Previously held back by proposed Labor amendments, the opposition was dropped with the bill passing the Senate by 44 votes to 12 late on Thursday, […]

Mattis Accuses Russia Of Interfering In U.S. Mid-Term Elections 2018

The recent U.S. mid-term elections saw attempts of the Russian government to interfere and tamper with the election process. On December 2nd, 2018, U.S. Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, alleged that Russia “tried to muck around” in the mid-terms, confirming what senior intelligence and law enforcement officials had been forecasting earlier this […]

What Does The Boat Seizure Saga Mean For Relations Between Russia And Ukraine?

On 25 November, two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug were fired upon and seized by Russian vessels, after Russian authorities implicated that the Ukrainian ships had illegally crossed into its waters. The ships were attempting to sail from Odessa to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, but were blocked from […]

Migrant Caravan: Refugees Face An Uncertain Future In Tijuana

Since its formation in Honduras on October 12th, a large migrant caravan has been moving north through Guatemala and into Mexico, fleeing political oppression and violence of nearby Latin American states. Earlier this week, approximately 5000 caravan refugees arrived in Tijuana, a border town in Mexico just south of California. […]

Update On The Assassination Of Jamal Khashoggi And The Recent Admission Of His Murder

The events following the murder of Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi have certainly proved intriguing in terms of the ambiguous responses from the international community, not only from the Saudi government but also from key allies such as the U.S. Earlier this week, Turkish officials confirmed that shortly after he […]