Alexandra Konn

About Alexandra Konn

Alexandra is a candidate for the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Prior to this, Alexandra completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Management and minored in Economics. Her research interests include sustainable development, particularly when this can be pursued through innovation and technological change.

A Green Recovery For Canada: Benefits, Costs, And Recommendations

In early 2020, COVID-19 swept the world, halting economies and bringing life to a standstill. Many were quick to notice the environmental benefits this brought – fish were returning to the Venice Canal and greenhouse gas emissions had dropped to record lows. However, beneath these silver linings was the realization […]

The Abraham Accords: Peace For The Middle East? 1

On September 15th, 2020, diplomats from the two Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a deal with Israel agreeing to diplomatic and economic ties. With this agreement, dubbed the Abraham Accords by The White House, commercial air travel will begin between Israel and the Gulf states […]

Israel To Delay Annexation Of West Bank

Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, a process that was expected to begin on July 1st, has been delayed. Under the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former military chief of staff Benny Gantz, Mr. Netanyahu was allowed to start annexation as long as the move had the […]

Indigenous Communities And COVID-19

One of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus are the indigenous communities around the world. This vulnerability is not a new phenomenon, as indigenous peoples suffered smallpox, influenza, measles, and whooping cough epidemics after making first-contact with Europeans. Due to their small communities and hunter-gatherer lifestyles, Indigenous communities […]

National Security And Anti-Sedition Law Proposed For Hong Kong

On Friday, May 22, the National People’s Congress (NPC) in China bypassed local legislature and revealed plans for a new national security and anti-sedition law in Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post explains that this law would “ban secessionist and subversive activity as well as foreign interference and terrorism” […]

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Visits Israel To Discuss Peace Plan 1

Latest Developments Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel on May 13th for a brief eight hour visit. Despite Israel’s strict lockdown, Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new governing partner, Benjamin Gantz to discuss President Trump’s Peace to Prosperity […]