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Closing the Gender Gap in UN Peacekeeping

Closing the Gender Gap in UN Peacekeeping

As of December 2016, over 118, 000 military, police and civil personnel are working as United Nations Peacekeepers on 16 operations worldwide. Women make up only 3 per cent of the military peacekeeping workforce and 10 per cent of the police workforce. These statistics are a significant improvement from those published in 1993, when women...
The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

On 24 October a fleet of 150 buses arrived at the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais with the task of moving some of the approximately 7000 remaining residents to sheltered accommodation across France. Two days later, the camp, often referred to as ‘the Jungle’ in the media, was set ablaze as demolition crews...
The Appointment of Antonio Guterres: A Chance to Reunite the United Nations?

The Appointment of Antonio Guterres: A Chance to Reunite the United Nations?

‘I have two words to describe what I’m feeling now – gratitude and humility.’ This was the response of Antonio Guterres to the United Nations Security Council vote by acclamation naming him the next UN General Secretary. The formal vote was carried out on October 6, although the decision had in effect been made a...
Acid Attacks: A Disturbing Weapon of Choice

Acid Attacks: A Disturbing Weapon of Choice

An acid attack is the deliberate assault of a victim with corrosive acid, aimed at disfiguring them, humiliating them and sometimes even killing them. In many parts of India, milk costs more than corrosive acid at local markets. In states as diverse as Uganda and the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and India, acid attacks are becoming...
Mexico’s Missing 43

Mexico’s Missing 43

It has been a year and five months since 43 Mexican students disappeared after a clash with police 26 September 2014. Despite multiple investigations being launched to determine the events of the night they disappeared, their fate remains contested and the incident is regarded as the largest stain on Mexico’s human rights record in recent...
Year in Review: Social Media in the Spotlight

Year in Review: Social Media in the Spotlight

In 2015, the number of active Twitter and Facebook users grew to 320 million and 1.5 billion respectively[1]. Over the course of the year, politicians, news outlets, members of the public and even terrorist organisations relied heavily on these and other social media platforms in order to break news, share opinions and both learn about...
The Hidden War in Yemen

The Hidden War in Yemen

‘The children have a game called “One two three airstrike” in which they all fling themselves to the ground.’ These are the words of MSF emergency coordinator Karline Kleijer following her recent trip to Yemen. By the start of 2015, tensions in Yemen had been mounting for months between the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour...
The EU Referendum: An Interview with Rector Catherine Stihler

The EU Referendum: An Interview with Rector Catherine Stihler

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”[1] This is the provisional wording of the question UK citizens will find on their ballot papers before the end of 2017. In their manifesto for the general election of May 7 2015, the Conservative Party pledged to hold a referendum...