The west turned a blind eye to the possible use
of chemical weapons by militant Islamists allied against the Assad regime in
Syria. Now that Islamic State almost certainly possesses them, the chickens are
coming home to roost.
change is set to trigger dangerously soaring temperatures this century, forcing
many of humankind’s most vulnerable to migrate to survive. Yet the growing
global obsession with border security will stifle their safe movement.
The climate summit called today by the United
Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, will not bring the commitments needed
to avert global chaos. Only popular mobilisation for climate justice can do
Reports that more than 200 girls kidnapped in
north-eastern Nigeria have been forced to marry members of the rebel group Boko Haram bring home the brutal human-rights
abuse—and, increasingly, security concern—that is child marriage.
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.