Taja Hirata-Epstein


About Taja Hirata-Epstein

Taja is a junior at Brown University. She studies Political Science and is particularly interested in international relations and ethnic studies. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Taja likes spending her free time in the water.

Turkish President’s Reelection Bodes Poorly For Human Rights

Turkey’s current President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was re-elected this past Sunday, with state media announcing that he received an “absolute majority of all valid votes.” Erdogan’s party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), also had a sweeping electoral win and will hold the majority of seats in the parliament. Under […]


Hope For An End To Deadly Protests In Nicaragua

Last Friday, the Nicaraguan government agreed to allow an international investigation into fatal protests that occurred in mid-April. The protests, initially opposing social security reform, sparked national unrest when pro-government groups used excessive force against protesters. Subsequent civic demonstrations also faced violent retaliation, with the Center for Human Rights reporting […]


Ethiopia’s Acceptance Of 2000 Peace Accord May Bring Peace To Eritrea

The governing party of Ethiopia announced last Tuesday that it would “fully accept and implement” the 2000 Algiers Peace Accord with Eritrea. The agreement was initially brokered following the 1998-2000 war over border disputes. Ethiopia’s decision to comply with the terms of the accord as well as its acceptance of […]