Maura Koehler


About Maura Koehler

Maura is an undergraduate at Brandeis University studying International & Global Studies and Studio Art with a minor in French & Francophone Studies. She has strong interests in environmental policy and corporate social responsibility.

United States Revokes Visa Access For ICC Members Seeking to Prosecute Afghanistan War Crimes

On March 15th, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the country will revoke or deny the visas of International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel seeking to bring the potential war crimes committed in Afghanistan by US forces under investigation. According to Al Jazeera, the request cited information that […]


The International Defense Exhibition Continues the Flow of Western Weapons into Yemen

The annual International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates took place from February 17 to 21 last week, raising ethical questions regarding the use of Western arms in Yemen’s civil war. UAE has signed $3.3 billion in arms contracts since Sunday, according to Reuters, including a $1.55 […]


Announcement Of Algerian Presidential Elections Offers An Opportunity For A Progressive Turnover Of Power

Last week, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that Algeria will be holding presidential elections on April 18, 2019. While it has not yet been announced whether Bouteflika will be running in the election, it may be time for him to step down as the leader of the country. After having a […]


Japan’s Withdrawal From The IWC Poses A Threat To Ecosystems And International Relations 1

On this past Wednesday, December 26, Japan announced that it will be leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will publicly resume commercial whaling in July 2019. Since the banning of commercial whaling in 1986, Japan has been “scientific whaling” in the Antarctic and selling the meat after the organs […]


World Leaders Honour The Centennial Of The World War I Armistice By Partaking In The Paris Peace Forum

On the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I, a number of world leaders and other policy makers joined together in Paris to take part in an inaugural peace forum hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, following the day’s ceremonies. While dozens of heads of state attended the […]


President Trump Seeks To Restrict Asylum Applications To Official Points Of Entry

United States President Donald Trump announced that his administration is working on a plan to deny asylum to any migrant not arriving at an official point of entry. This is in reaction to the current “caravan” of people migrating through Mexico from Central America. These are people who have experienced […]


Sahle-Work Zewde Sworn In As Ethiopia’s First Female President

On Thursday, October 25, the Ethiopian parliament unanimously elected Sahle-Work Zewde to become the first female president of the country and she was subsequently sworn in. While the position is largely ceremonial, having a woman as head of state signifies the progressive path Ethiopia is taking and provides young women […]


France Offers Assistance In North Korean Denuclearization Process

On Monday, 15 of October, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France would be willing to help North Korea begin the process of denuclearization. However, France specified the need to first witness a genuine desire and more concrete commitments from Pyongyang towards achieving the very goal of denuclearization. President of […]


Indian Prime Minister Modi Signs Weapons Deal with Russian President Putin

On Thursday, October 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to India for an annual visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is expected to include the signing of a five billion dollar weapons deal between the two countries. This would provide India with the S-400 air defence system, but may […]