Van Anh Lam

About Van Anh Lam

Annie is a final years student, undertaking a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. Her major is International Business and on her year abroad, she completed a major in Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Her research interests include human rights, peace, conflict/security issues with a special focus on current Australian trade, relations and diplomacy.

The Nauru Files: What now?

Last Wednesday, the Guardian published the Nauru files – over 2000 reports that documented the devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children being held by Australia in offshore detention, namely on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. The reports detail numerous violations to rights of the child – assaults, sexual […]

Crises in Yemen: No End in Sight

In March 2015, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, supported by President Hadi, launched a series of air strikes against the Zaidi Shia rebels, also known as the “Houthi” armed group in Yemen. Over the past 18 months, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented over 69 unlawful […]

Germany’s Intensifying Refugee Crisis

Following a series of violent incidences in Germany over the weekend, the migrant crisis has re-emerged in headlines across Europe, pushing the issue to the forefront of several international media circles. Last year, Germany opened its borders to more than a million refugees, the majority of which were fleeing the […]

Terrorism Continues to Plague Europe with Attacks in France

Following the horrific attacks on Nice during Bastille Day this week, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility as five people believed to be involved are held in police custody. President Francois Hollande described the incident as a “terrorist” attack, when a hired lorry plowed through the crowds enjoying the Bastille […]

War of Words: South China Sea Dispute Continues

  On Tuesday, The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration will finally deliver its’ verdict on the South China Sea disputes. The case was launched by the Philippines in 2013, months after China gained control of the rocky outcrop Scarborough Shaol, citing that China’s “nine-dash line” boundary claim was highly suspicious. […]

UK Votes To Exit EU In Historic Referendum

BBC News has just released the results of the EU referendum: the UK has voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years. The decision proved to be a close one in an intense race overnight, but this morning voters woke to a strong siding towards the […]

Istanbul Bombing: Kurdish Group T.A.K Claims Responsibility

The Turkish capital was rocked by news of a suicide bombing that targeted a police vehicle in the city’s center on Tuesday morning. Istanbul University, the highly popular subway station Vezneciler, and the city’s historic district were all in close proximity to the deadly blast. In a statement made by […]

Greece: Idomeni Refugee Camp Evacuated

Last week, Greek authorities began an operation to dismantle the country’s largest makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, which is located off of the Macedonian border. The area served as a crucial point for migrants, but the Greece-Macedonia border had been closed off since March. At its peak, the border had housed […]