Gender and MDG's Infographic via United Nations Website
Blog / International Development

Gender Goals for International Law in 2015

Gender and MDG’s Infographic via United Nations Website

2015 marks the end of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 8 goals were determined at the end of the 2000 UN Summit where all member states pledged to try and achieve these goals by 2015. The third goal saw the international community commit to pursuing gender equality …

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Americas / Blog

The Changing Landscape of Academic Exchange

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In the 68 years since its inception, Fulbright has sent more than 325,400 students, scholars, researchers, journalists, artists, and other professionals around the globe to pursue their passions, exemplifying the United States’ warm embrace toward public diplomacy. According to the annual Open Doors Report, a collaboration between the …

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Blog / International Security

The death of Responsibility to Protect?

A US humanitarian airdrop over Iraq in August 2014Photo Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr via Wikimedia Commons.

In the age of global media, the disastrous events that befall the world often have very specific and shocking images that become seared into the mind and represent (at least an aspect …

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Asia / Blog

China-Japan Tensions Need to be Taken Seriously

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The violent response in Vietnam to Chinese and Taiwanese businesses after China began drilling for oil in disputed maritime areas is just the latest in a long line of skirmishes and rising tensions in East and Southeast Asia. Where these concern the bilateral territorial disagreements between China and Japan, there is …

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Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Understanding Russia

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On 18th of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech to Russian parliamentarians, putting forward his case for why he is supporting Crime’s choice to join the Russian Federation. His speech was passionate and at times emotional, pushing the right buttons that touched the souls of many …

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Americas / Blog

Cyber Warfare: The Militarisation of US Cyber Security Policy

The seal of US Cyber Command, representative of America’s focus on the military aspects of cyber security. Photo source: Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons.

Prior to 2008, the issue of cyber security was considered a minor one in terms of foreign policy. The USA’s stance was simply to strengthen domestic networks against dispersed, small …

Referendum in Crimea
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Sanctions against Russia will not work

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On 16 March Crimea voted on a referendum to decide whether they want to join the Russian Federation. The outcome is a foregone conclusion, as the majority of people living in Crimea are ethnically Russian and support Crimea’s secession from Ukraine. The United States and the …

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Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Questions unanswered in Ukraine

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The events of the last few days in Ukraine seem to travel at the speed of light. One moment Victor Yanukovich was signing an agreement with the opposition to end the violence on the streets of Kiev, the next moment Yanukovich was in hiding and the opposition took …

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Americas / Blog

After the Shutdown, American-Style Democracy Is a Hard Sell

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After 16 days of shutdown and repeated threats of debt default, the United States faces its greatest challenge yet to American foreign policy: its own inability to manage the US government and economy responsibly. October’s last-minute race to clumsy bipartisanship demonstrates a perceived failure in US democratic institutions, …