Ollie Ryan Tucker


Asia Year in Review

A historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has led some to suggest the age of North Korea as a rogue state is coming to an end. The divided North and South have made increasingly conciliatory moves over 2018; however, experts have warned that this may not be the…


Syrian rebels continue to be bombarded

A February military offensive aimed at breaking the resolve of Damascus’ last rebel pockets has resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe, with 400,000 Syrians trapped in rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta. Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, is controlled by a number of Salafi Islamist groups including Jaysh al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham, all three of whom…


Iran: protests threaten status quo

On 28 December protests began across Iranian cities, with crowds chanting varied slogans expressing their frustration, both political and economic. Some cities saw explicitly anti-government chants, such as “bring back Reza Shah”, a cry for the return of Iran’s deposed monarchy, whereas others saw anger at Iran’s foreign involvement, with the line “not Gaza, not…


Saudi-Lebanon rift grows

Lebanon and the wider region were left stunned by a series of bizarre events surrounding the Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, and Saudi Arabia. Though reaction in the Western world has been stunted, the severity of the situation has even started to turn heads in the USA and Europe. The events started with the sudden resignation…


Iran: Trump threatens nuclear deal

In a move that has caused a major rift between the US and its global allies, President Trump has refused to certify the Iran Deal. Negotiated by his predecessor Barrack Obama and major world powers, the deal was made in 2015 to prevent Iran developing nuclear capabilities. The permanent members of the United Nations including…


Examined: Kurdish independence in Iraq

In a controversial referendum, 92 percent of voters in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq chose independence, angering neighbouring countries and the federal Iraqi government. In July 2014, with the Islamic State expanding, Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani announced plans to hold an independence referendum without approval from the Iraqi parliament. Negotiations between…

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