Zac Williams


About Zac Williams

Currently studying at the University of Queensland and in the process of completing a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in both international relations and french. I possess a deep interest in civilizational politics, particularly in the former Yugoslavia, as well as interest in the role of multilateral institutions in the international system.

Indigenous Rights In Bolivia: The Aftermath Of Evo Morales’ Forced Resignation

On 10 November, Evo Morales stepped down as president of Bolivia amid overwhelming evidence of election tampering and subsequent protests across the nation. Morales was elected in 2005 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president, a significant fact considering more than 40 percent of the population is indigenous. According to The Guardian, […]


The Underpinnings Of Governance Crises In Latin America

From leftist populism to market-orientated liberalism, governments of each type have been plagued by incompetence, corruption, and a failure to meet social demands, resulting in the recent civil unrest in Latin America. This article will look specifically at Chile and Bolivia, both of which are experiencing mass protests, while functioning […]


IMF’s Economic Outlook: Regional Inequality And Weak Global Growth

The International Monetary Fund has stated that the global economy is facing a synchronized slowdown, and has accordingly reduced its growth projections to just 3 percent, the slowest pace of economic expansion since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.  This is occurring in the context of weakening industrial production, escalating […]


Unrest Worsens In Ecuador As Government Is Forced To Move From The Capital

Violent protests have erupted in Ecuador after President Lenín Moreno announced a chain of unpopular labour and tax reforms the discontinuation of fuel subsidies that had been holding down fuel prices. According to The Guardian, the reforms include “a 20 percent cut in wages for new contracts in public sector […]


Forced Repatriation Of Burundi Refugees In Tanzania Imminent

According to Amnesty International, the involuntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania could begin as soon as the second week of September, as stated on a bilateral agreement signed on the 24th of August by Tanzania’s Minister for Home Affairs Kangi Lugola and Burundi’s Minister of Interior Pascal Barandagiye.  Since […]


The Belt And Road Initiative And The Promise Of Development: Economic Empowerment, Debt-Trap Diplomacy And Security Risks

In September 2013, during a visit to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), Kazakhstan, President Xi Jinping of China spoke of an initiative that would “open the strategic regional thoroughfare from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea, and gradually move toward the set-up of a network of transportation that connects Eastern, Western […]


Japan Protests As South Korea Begins Military Drills Around Disputed Islands 1

The Takeshima/Dokdo group of islets have been a flashpoint in South Korean-Japanese relations since 2001, when the islets were included in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as in Japanese history, geography, and civics textbooks, regardless of the fact that South Korea had maintained effective control over the disputed […]


Thousands Arrested In Kashmir Under Controversial Public Safety Act

Thousands have been arrested and flown out of Kashmir under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), as jails run out of capacity. The PSA is controversial as it gives authorities the ability to imprison an individual for up to two years without a charge or trial, often described […]


Intensifying Tensions In Yemen: A Civil War Within A Civil War

The internationally recognized government of Yemen has acknowledged defeat in the port city of Aden. According to SBS, the clashes left around 40 people dead and threaten to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Subsequently, the Saudi Arabian led coalition fighting in Yemen has requested an immediate ceasefire, they called […]


The INF Treaty Is Dead

On 8th December 1987, Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev of the United States and Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). This was significant as it marked the first time the superpowers had agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals, eliminate an entire category of nuclear weapons, and utilize […]