Tom Wilkinson

Iran Admits To Downing Civilian Airliner

On the 8th of January, a Boeing 737-800 jet flying for the carrier Ukraine International Airlines took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. The 176 passengers and crew on board had no clue what was about to occur. Videos posted to Twitter by Iranian users show that shortly after […]

American Assassination Threatens To Spark War

On Friday 3 January, an American airstrike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. The strike, which targeted a convoy near Baghdad airport in Iraq, was reportedly ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump. The killing has been widely condemned and threatens to upset a delicate balance in the region. President […]

Call Between Leaders May Indicate Thaw In U.S.-China Relations

The relationship between the United States and China could be on the mend after a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week. On Friday 20 December, Trump and Xi discussed current affairs and sought an end to the ongoing trade war. While there […]

Talks Between North Korea And United States Strike Yet Another Obstacle

Talks between North Korea and the United States encountered yet another obstacle this week, with political representatives of the rogue state continuing to levy accusations of hostility towards the U.S.A. On Saturday, 7th December, a statement was released by North Korea’s envoy to the United Nations, Kim Song, which alleged […]

Rebel Leader Killed In DRC

On Saturday 30 November, military officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Saturday that the army had killed a prominent leader of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in an operation in the nation’s northeast. This successful military assault comes after two weeks of brutal attacks […]

American Vice President Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq Amidst Political Turmoil

On Saturday the 23rd of November, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq. This trip marks the first time Pence has travelled to the nation, with this visit serving multiple purposes. For American troops in the region, Pence’s visit served as a morale booster, with the […]

Modern ‘Great Power Politics’ And The Challenges Of The Twenty-First Century

In an interview with The Economist early last week, French President Emmanuel Macron attacked the Cold War NATO alliance. Claiming that the international coalition was in the midst of ‘brain death’, and arguing that Europe can no longer rely on the United States to defend its allies, Macron’s comments tend […]

In Attempt To Improve Peace Efforts, U.S., South Korea Postpone Military Drills

On Sunday 17 November, the United States and South Korea announced that they would be postponing upcoming joint military drills. Representatives from the two nations hope that doing so will bolster peace efforts in the region. However, the move has already been criticized, with many commentators concerned that the Trump […]

Terrorist Attack In Mali Leaves 54 Dead

A recent terrorist attack in Mali has left at least 54 dead, and this number may rise as more bodies are identified. Security sources report that the attack involved at least three suicide bombers, who detonated explosives inside a military camp in Indelimane, in the north of the country. The […]

Spiralling Violence as Protestors and Security Forces Clash in Iraq

Ongoing protests in Iraq are continuing to see the use of excessive force by local security. On Saturday, at least 10 Iraqis were killed with dozens more wounded. This violence follows the episodes on Friday which saw at least 52 killed throughout the nation. The current death toll from the […]