Comments Off on Corruption in Romania: Old Habits are Hard to Break

Romania is not a country that you hear about often in the news. Located along the Black Sea, the country has not been in the center of Eastern European crises, such as the mass refugee migrations that have shaken Hungary and Bulgaria. Though Romania may not be a sexy topic as far as international politics…

Comments Off on The Rohingya: One of the Most Persecuted Minorities in the World

History The Rohingya are a small Muslim group of about 1.1 million people living primarily in Myanmar (Burma until 1989). Though many of them have been living in Myanmar for generations, and some have settled in Myanmar in a region known as the Rakhine State, or Arakan, as early as the 15th century, they are not…

Comments Off on Fighting Fire with Fire — Rodrigo Duterte’s Policies and Their Impact on the Philippines

The wave of right-wing political movements hit Southeast Asia last summer when Rodrigo Duterte, known as “The Punisher”, was elected as President of the Philippines. The former mayor of Davao City, Duterte became notorious for his hard right policies and brash comments during his presidential campaign – much like Donald Trump’s campaign. One of Duterte’s…

Comments Off on Protecting Civilians from Violence: A Paradigm Shift for Peacekeeping?

The following blog has been contributed by our special guest blogger – Aaron Bazin – who is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and NATO strategist. A peacekeeper of MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade on foot patrol in the town of Pinga, North Kivu province, stops to interact with the local children. Pinga is located…

Comments Off on Afghan Refugees to Face New Struggles after Returning ‘Home’

By the end of 2016, aid officials predict that over 1.5 million Afghan migrants will return to Afghanistan – either voluntarily or by force. Since 1979 and the early 1980’s, Afghans have been fleeing the country, first due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, then the rise of the Taliban in the 1990’s, and lastly…

Comments Off on Is There a Connection Between Brexit and Xenophobia?

On June 23rd, a referendum was held in the United Kingdom where over 30 million people voted on whether or not the country should stay in the European Union. The Leave Campaign won by 52% to 48%, shocking Europe and the rest of the world. Background To fully understand why the UK voted in favor…

Comments Off on Civil Unrest in Ethiopia Leads to Government Crackdown

Ethiopia is one of East Africa’s fastest growing economies. Though its per capita income is much lower than the regional average, the economy doubled the regional economic growth average with an annual growth rate of 10.8%. The percentage of Ethiopians living in extreme poverty has decreased from 55.3% in 2000 to 33.5% in 2011. This…

Comments Off on Learning from Past Mistakes: Humanitarian Aid in Haiti

Over the past week, many of us have seen the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in our own backyards. It was reported as a Category 5 storm around late September and early October, with winds reaching over 160 miles per hour, and downgraded to a Category 4 storm as it hit land in the Caribbean. The…

Comments Off on Behind Turkey’s Failed Military Coup

  On July 15th 2016 just before 11:00 pm, the country of Turkey experienced its fifth military coup in the past 60 years. However, this illegal attempt to overthrow the government was different from the others, and there is still missing information regarding what happened. This post analyzes the causes of the coup by examining Turkey’s…

Comments Off on North Korea: How Kim Jung-Un Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

  Just recently, after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake was detected in South Korea, North Korean officials in Pyongyang claimed that they had successfully completed their fifth nuclear test, a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead that could be mounted onto a ballistic missile. To put into perspective the amount of damage a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb could cause, Little…