Fiona McLoughlin


About Fiona McLoughlin

Fiona is a recent graduate from the University of Oxford, where she studied Joint Honours Experimental Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics. Specializing in the cognitive mechanisms of intergroup conflict, Fiona has a passion for using empirical research as the lens through which to explore international relations, policy, and social change.

Human Rights Watch Warns Against Ethiopia’s Hate Speech Law

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has joined the list of experts cautioning the Ethiopian government’s move to criminalize hate speech. Despite offering encouragement for the leadership’s willingness to tackle this issue, the HRW has warned that “laws criminalizing hate speech have been often and easily abused,” and suggested that alternative […]


When A Military Makes Militants: A Pattern Of Escalation In Nigeria And The Rise Of Boko Haram

“Western education is anathema.” The basic ideology of Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of north eastern Nigeria, appears simple: institute Sharia or Islamic law, and remove foreign influence from the country. To think of Boko Haram in such simple terms, however, is to drastically underestimate the socio-political […]


The Coptic Cost: Intersectional Sectarian Violence In ‘Arab-Winter’ Egypt

In 2011, as part of the Arab Spring uprising, Egypt’s then-president Hosni Mubarak was forced from office after almost 30 years of presidency. The following power vacuum led to a struggle between the country’s growing democratic movement, and religious elites seeking to consolidate their power, with the Supreme Council of […]


Mass Expulsions From Angola Put Over 330,000 Congolese Migrants At Risk – And Could Trigger A Humanitarian Crisis, UN Warns.

Over the past month, an estimated 330,000 people have reportedly crossed from Angola into the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) in the wake of an expulsion order targeting ‘irregular migrants’ put into place by the Government of Angola. The UN refugee agency has expressed increasing concerns that enforcement of this […]


UNHRC Votes To Extend Probe Of Alleged War Crimes In Yemen

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to extend probe investigations into alleged war crimes and human rights violations by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, despite avid opposition from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the internationally recognized government of Yemen itself. In a 21 to 8 […]