Tom Wilkinson

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 […]

Amidst A Tenuous Ceasefire In North-eastern Syria, Conflict Continues

The situation in north-eastern Syria continues to worsen amidst a temporary ceasefire. The ceasefire, reached on Thursday, calls for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from an area of land that runs 30km into Syria and spans 440km of the Turkish-Syrian border. If this has not occurred by Tuesday, Turkey will […]

Turkish-Aligned Forces Take Syrian Border Town As Humanitarian Costs Soar

On Saturday 12 October, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels entered the border town of Ras al Ain. At the time of writing, reports of Turkish control of the town are uncertain; while Turkish sources claim that the town has been captured, Kurdish-led forces maintain that fighting continues. This comes only days after […]

Drone Attack On Saudi Oil Facilities Reflects Wider Regional Conflict

On Saturday, 14th September, two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were targeted by a drone attack. It has been widely reported that this attack has caused a major drop in Saudi Arabia’s oil output, reducing it by 5.7 million barrels per day. Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by […]