• Mining in Mongolia: Boom or Bust?

    Mining in Mongolia: Boom or Bust?

    In the 13th century Mongolia conquered the world, now it seems like the world is lining up to conquer Mongolia. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and by extension the communist party that held power in Mongolia, large reserves of copper, gold, and coal have been found beneath the […]

  • Reforming French Asylum Law- Ambitions and Limitations

    Reforming French Asylum Law- Ambitions and Limitations

    When Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior presented the bill on asylum law in the Conseil des Ministres on the 23rd July by few contested the necessity of the plan. During his time as Minister of the Interior, Cazeneuve’s predecessor, Manuel Valls, had already judged the system in place “à […]

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    2014: The Year of Global Fragmentation

    When the year 2014 began, many could not resist comparisons to 1914. After all, the outbreak of the First World War brought what had been a nascent form of globalisation to a sudden and violent end; prompting many to wonder about the stability of our own system which has been […]

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    Is the ICC Racist and Ineffective?

    “Something is flawed within the system of the I.C.C. and … now the process has degenerated into some kind of race hunting.”[i] These remarks made by the Chair of the African Union (A.U.), Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, at the close of the 21st African Union summit were in reference […]

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    Nigeria in 2015: Elections and Chaos

    In 1999, Nigeria underwent its first democratic election in 20 years, and a government democratically chosen by the people was inaugurated in May of that same year. Since then, Nigeria has managed to avoid more of the military coups that previously caused havoc in the country’s political arena. In 2015, […]

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    The Rise of Buddhist Radicalism in Myanmar

    In late 2015 people in Myanmar will vote to elect the members of the bicameral legislature, as well as the indirectly elected president. The country’s transition to democracy is being led by Thein Sein, a former general who participated in the previous military rule, and symbolically began in 2004 with […]



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