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Japan-China Trade Agreements Brings Both Countries Together

Though China has recently been in the news for its trade policies, it had agreed to a new set of trade deals from an unlikely partner in Japan on Friday October 26th, 2018. According to the Independent and Japan Times, the two nations signed 500 agreements, including a currency swap […]

Political Infighting In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Threaten The Spread Of Ebola

A recent increase in the number of Ebola cases in the geopolitically contested regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused great concern over the possibility of its spread. According to the figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on October 12th, 165 confirmed and 35 probable cases […]

Nauruan Government Prevents Médecins Sans Frontières From Assisting Asylum Seekers

After 11 months in Nauru, the medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF for short) was told by the government to end its services within 24 hours. The group in Nauru was providing important mental health services to refugees detained by the Australian government, who are waiting […]

The European Commission Brings Poland To Court

In an unprecedented move, the European Commission, a governing institution of the European Union responsible for upholding EU treaties, sued Warsaw on Monday, 24 September 2018, in light of the recent changes to the Polish National Policy that threatens the independence of Polish courts. According to the European Commission Press […]

John Bolton Condemns The International Criminal Court In A Foreign Policy Speech

On 10 September 2018, in a speech intended to outline U.S. foreign policy, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC). Furthermore, he condemned the ICC for being a constant threat to “American sovereignty and US national security.” According to the BBC, the ICC […]

Russia And Turkey Create Syrian Buffer Zone

In a surprising turn of events, Russia and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarized zone in Syria to limit civilian casualties. On September 10th, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia, to discuss the terms and conditions of the plan, coming to an […]

U.S. Sends Mixed Messages On The Future Of Military Exercises In The Korean Peninsula

The stability of the Korean Peninsula was questioned this week as the United States government made conflicting statements on the future of joint military training exercises in the area. On Tuesday, August 28th, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Pentagon reporters, “We have no plans at this time to suspend […]

Families Reunite In The Korean Peninsula

In a moment of humanitarianism, 89 families from North and South Korea reunited for a few hours on August 20th in a Red Cross organized event. 83 North Korean and 89 South Koreans were selected by lottery to meet their family at Mount KumGang resort in North Korea. Though hundreds […]

Afghan City Of Ghazni Suffers Assault By Taliban Fighters

On August 17, Taliban insurgents overran the provincial capital of Ghazni, leaving 14 security forces killed and 20 injured. While US forces provided air support in a government led a multi-pronged counterattack leaving an estimated 150 insurgents killed, there are conflicting reports of whether they were ultimately successful in retaking […]