The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

Over 250,000 Somali refugees are facing the threat of forced repatriation and the loss of their livelihoods as the Kenyan government continues to seek ways to close camps in Dadaab. There are currently five camps in northeast Kenya near the town of Dadaab, around 80km from the border with Somalia:...
Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

The proverb about it being better to plead forgiveness rather than ask a question to which you don’t want the answer permission is usually reserved for mischievous young children. It is not often that such an analogy can be used when referring to the behaviour of world leaders, but Vladimir...
Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Finding Foetuses: Examining India’s Little-Known Abortion Laws

Two weeks ago, nineteen aborted female foetuses were found in trash bags near a sewer in the western state of Maharashtra. Indian police were in the area investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman allegedly pressured into an abortion, who died after receiving one from an unlicensed clinic nearby. The...
From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

It’s tough to keep abreast of the near-constant stream of alarming developments emerging in recent days with regard to the Trump administration and its connections to Russia. One by one – and far too rapidly for the comfort of many citizens of the US and the democratic world at large...
China’s New Year’s Resolution: Deleveraging

China’s New Year’s Resolution: Deleveraging

As we kick off 2017, constructive, though prudent, economic reform is likely to hold precedent over all other New Year’s resolutions for the world’s second largest economy. Despite China’s efforts to quell the substantial growth of its shadow banking sector in the beginning of 2015, the industry has bloated to...
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Fool’s Gold: The Allure of China’s North Korean Policy

Fool’s Gold: The Allure of China’s North Korean Policy

On 18 February, the Chinese government suspended coal imports from North Korea (DPRK) in compliance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on the ‘hermit kingdom’ due to its nuclear weapons testing. The ban follows North Korea’s ballistic missile test a week prior, which, combined with its previous testing of land and sea-launched intercontinental ballistic...
Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

On 16 April, Turkish voters will decide whether they want to significantly expand the powers of the president, among other constitutional changes. The referendum will turn Turkey into a presidential republic, allowing the president to issue decrees, dismiss parliament, and appoint judges and ministers. The office of the prime minister would be abolished, and executive...
What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

It is uncertain how many people have been executed in North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011, but one South Korean think tank puts the number at around 340 people. While most of these deaths go unremarked or unnoticed by the outside world, one man’s death in strange circumstances on 13 February...
The Trump vs Obama Administration’s Relationship with the Media: A Comparative Perspective

The Trump vs Obama Administration’s Relationship with the Media: A Comparative Perspective

Ever since Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase ‘alternative facts’ in a Meet the Press interview hosted by Chuck Todd, it has become clear that the Trump administration has a loose interpretation of what constitutes objective data or statistics. If a news outlet expresses a statement that is contrary to the Trump camp’s agenda, it is...
No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

On 2 December 2016, Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, called U.S. President Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the recent election. Nine days later, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that ‘everything is under negotiation… including One China,’ a direct affront to the People’s Republic of China. In Taiwan, news of...
In Defence of NAFTA

In Defence of NAFTA

Donald Trump represents a bucking of tradition for the Republican Party in many ways. Perhaps one of the foremost issues on which Trump has led an about-face for the party is trade. As a candidate, Trump capitalised on populist fury toward international trade and channelled that fury into his stunning victories throughout the country— particularly...
The Philippines’ War on the Poor

The Philippines’ War on the Poor

With the goal of ending the war on drugs, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has promised his people a drug free country at the price of murdering his own citizens. While drug users represent only 3 per cent of the population, Duterte has resorted to extremes in order to ensure that the percentage falls to 0...
Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

At the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, soon after then-First Lady Hillary Clinton gave her famous speech declaring that, ‘women’s rights are human rights,’ the President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, declared his intention to bring reproductive rights to his country’s poorest people. His speech received resounding applause, and The New York Times...
Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

While women’s marches across the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration captured global headlines, another important news story flew under the radar. On 7 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a measure that decriminalises certain forms of domestic abuse. The move was met with widespread condemnation from the international community, but...
Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

At a recent St Andrews-Georgetown Conference, entitled ‘What the Next Administration needs to know about Terrorism and Counterterrorism’ several academics made strong warnings about the threat emanating from Iran-backed Hezbollah and their growing influence in Iraq and Syria. In particular, Hanin Gaddar, editor of the Lebanon News Website, warned of the growing strength and consolidation...
Britain’s Aging Population

Britain’s Aging Population

In many countries around the world, the advent of modern medicine and lower fertility rates has led to an increase in life expectancy. This increase in life expectancy seems like a one-sided positive outcome of modernity, but longer life expectancy in many countries has been coupled by a dropping birth rate, leading to an unsustainable...
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...