Author: Aden Littlewood

Is There Still A Role For The Commonwealth In Global Politics?

This summer the Commonwealth of Nations is undertaking two major events: the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. Both events have been accompanied by questions over the continued relevance of the Commonwealth as an institution and what role

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Tens Of Thousands Displaced After Violence In Darfur

A report released by the UN shows that June has seen the displacement of over 80,000 people in the Darfur region of Sudan due to violence. This figure, the highest monthly total in 2022, represents the continuation of a trend showing an increasing number of people being displaced over the

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Protesters Killed In Unrest In Uzbekistan

Anti-government protests in Uzbekistan have led to at least 18 deaths and almost 250 injured in the largest outbreak of violence in the country in nearly 20 years. The unrest saw over 500 people detained as protesters attempted to storm local government buildings in the province of Karakalpakstan in Northwestern

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The Seismic Shift In Science Diplomacy

The crisis in Ukraine has highlighted the changes recent years have wrought in the field of science diplomacy. On the one hand, this war represents a drastic failure for science’s ability to prevent conflict. On the other hand, it has led to a renewed effort to apply science diplomacy in

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A Spate of Protests as Okinawa Marks 50 Years Since US Occupation

On May 14th, hundreds of protestors staged a rally as Okinawa marked the 50th anniversary of the end of U.S. occupation and their reversion to Japan. This continued a trend of Okinawans speaking out against the continued prominence of the U.S. military in the buildup to the anniversary. Many Okinawans,

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Truce Extension Preserves Fragile Peace In Yemen

The first week of June saw the renewal of a truce in Yemen, as both sides agreed to extend a cease-fire. The original truce between the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the Iran-supported Houthis was planned to end on Thursday, June 2nd. The United Nations, however, which has been a

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Spain’s Western Sahara Indecision Nets Harsh Rebuttal From Algeria

Early June saw Algeria ramp up its retaliatory measures against Spain as the dispute over the Western Sahara continues to escalate. Algeria announced a suspension of trade in products and services with Spain, just one day after also suspending a friendship and co-operation treaty the two countries signed 20 years

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Conflict In Tripoli As Libya Teeters On The Brink Of War

Violence erupted in Libya’s capital Tripoli on May 17th in a power clash between two rival administrations. The incident was prompted after Fathi Bashagha, who in February 2022 was appointed prime minister by the Libyan House of Representatives, arrived in Tripoli and attempted to install himself and his cabinet. Bashagha

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Drought And Food Insecurity Magnify Violence In Burkina Faso

The International Committee of the Red Cross released a statement May 12th calling attention to the Sahel region, where over 10.5 million people in the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania are at risk of hunger due to an ongoing food crisis. The upcoming lean season – the

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Protests Erupt As Armenia Pursues Controversial Peace With Azerbaijan

The first week of May saw the arrest of hundreds of anti-government protesters as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia faces increasing criticism over his efforts to secure a peace deal with Azerbaijan. Armenia’s capital city Yerevan has witnessed weeks of unrest, with protesters blocking roads and bridges, and opposition

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Rising Gang Violence In Ecuador Prompts State Of Emergency

President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency in the provinces of Guayas, Manabí, and Esmeraldas, as a result of rising crime in the region. Citing the impact of drug trafficking gangs, he has announced the imposition of a curfew and has sent 9,000 police and soldiers

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Ethnic Tensions Deepen In Indian-Administered Kashmir

Almost three years after the Indian government’s decision to remove India-administered Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, tensions continue to run high in the region. The South Asia Terrorism Portal has counted over 500 deaths, including nearly 100 civilians, in the last three years alone. In response to growing unrest, the ruling B.J.P.

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