Daily Archives: June 22, 2018

Svalbard: A Unique Problem, And Opportunity, For Peaceful Coexistence In The International System

Svalbard’s legal territoriality is starting to become more of a problem for the international community, especially for the countries who surround it in the Arctic. Svalbard itself is an archipelago far to the north of Norway, its caretaker country. Norway’s administration of Svalbard is very unique in that it is […]

Ceasefire In Afghanistan Comes To An End

The Taliban and Afghani government agreed to a ceasefire during the Eid festivities ending the holy month of Ramadan. However, following the end of celebrations, Taliban officials announced the continuation of militant operations despite the announcement of a ten-day extension of the ceasefire by officials from Afghanistan’s government. Two major […]

Are Human Rights Still Diplomatically Viable? A Look At The U.S-North Korea Summit

It has been almost exactly one year since the North Korean government released the 22-year-old Otto Warmbier back to his family in the U.S. Tragically, the story did not continue on to have a happy ending as Warmbier passed away mere days after returning from his year of imprisonment and […]

Colombia’s Presidential Election Potentially Threatens The 2016 Peace Referendum

Following the momentous 2016 peace referendum that ended a 50-year conflict between FARC and the national government, Colombia is facing a landmark presidential election that could determine the status of FARC ex-combatants. The people voted against the peace agreement in 2016, but under the leadership of President Juan Manuel Santos, […]

Human Rights Development Faced A Setback As International Criminal Court Overrule Jean-Pierre Bemba’s War Crimes Conviction

On June 8, the International Criminal Court (ICC) reversed the war conviction of Former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, on an appeal that includes alleged murder and rape cases.  The ICC judges’ ruling overturns a historic 18-year prison sentence handed down after a five-year trial in […]