the Rwandan genocide and the wars in former Yugoslavia, the idea of a
“responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations has acquired currency. The Libyan
and Syrian crises have, however, seen the value of that currency recalibrated.
The debate on international electronic spying, blown open by
the US National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, moves this week
to the United Nations General Assembly. It begins what is set to be a long
battle to affirm the privacy rights of global citizens
The international community has addressed Afghanistan through
an ethnic prism. As anxiety grows about the future after international forces
leave in 2014, a trajectory needs to be established towards a post-ethnic
society--and the dispersed diaspora can play a role.
The huge destruction in the Philippines in the November typhoon hit a poor region already long affected by violent conflict. The two are deeply related, says Colin Walch, who was conducting research in the area when the typhoon struck.
A continuing cycle of revolutions, albeit irregular and unpredictable, is a feature of the modern world. But comparing experiences across the decades reveals a transformation in the nature of revolution itself, says Hazem Saghieh.
year around 400 children forced by
war to leave their families and homes in Afghanistan seek sanctuary in
the UK. Lisa Matthews writes for Young People Seeking Safety Week on the young
adults who, having rebuilt their lives, are now at threat of return.
One year on from the violence of June 2012, new empirical
evidence about the treatment of the Rohingya in Rakhine State, Burma, has taken
the issue from the realms of international human rights and humanitarian law to
that of international criminal law, says Amal de Chickera.
The diverse experiences of the Arab spring renew the question of whether non-violent movements are more effective than armed struggle in achieving the overthrow of authoritarian regimes, says Martin Shaw.
It is one thing for
rigorous research to influence policy, and another for that policy to then go
an and achieve its intended positive outcome. James Souter argues that Refugee
and Forced Migration studies has an important, yet ultimately subsidiary role
in the task of improving the lives of refugees and forced migrants
The Ethiopian regime is using the legal system to eliminate dissident voices and drag protesters to court under terrorism charges. Far from guaranteeing equality and justice, the country’s courts serve as an instrument in the Government’s hands to legitimize persecution of political adversaries while justifying its practices to the west.
When the rice harvest season finishes in a few weeks, fields in India will turn black as farmers burn thousands of
acres. This practice shows one of the
failures of the Green Revolution, with devastating regional and global consequences. A food-security-obsessed India cannot ignore these
issues for much longer.
In order to understand how the ‘Rohingya crisis’ has come to pass we
need to consider the narrative
built by three groupings of international actors - the Burmese government, host
countries for Rohingya who have fled and the international community at large.
“In my life I will forget lots of things, but I will never, ever forget
those two small boys … left behind in the snow.” Elizabeth Kennedy reports on
children’s journeys from Afghanistan to England and life in limbo as they
The pattern of war in Afghanistan is changing amid evolving relationships within the Taliban, between the movement and its base, and its engagement with western and local forces. Antonio Giustozzi examines the current military and political situation.
The dangers of genocide denial are widely recognised. But the politics of "genocide mobilisation" - and the legal and discursive infringements that often follow - can also be a barrier to historical understanding and justice, says Martin Shaw.
With increasing geopolitical instability in oil producing states and the barriers that stand in the way of reaching a multilateral policy, the threat of sanctions in Iran only serves to intensify uncertainty surrounding oil price forecasts for 2012
The recent assassination of Colombian marxist insurgent group leader Alfonso Cano has been hailed internationally as an advance towards peace, giving Colombia a boost down the path to becoming the latest emerging market of Latin America. A closer look at the history and nature of Colombia's nearly 50 year-long armed struggle, however, tells us otherwise.