Author: Brian Contreras

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un, And The Dangers Of Pathologizing Politics

For the first time in quite a while, recent escalations of tension on the Korean peninsula have prompted serious fears of war erupting between North Korea and the United States-South Korea bloc. With Kim Jong-Un’s volatile North accelerating its missile tests and development of a state nuclear program, and the

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North Korea Detains US Citizen Amidst Escalating Tensions

As the pressure cooker that is the Korean peninsula continues to heat up, a new wrinkle in the ongoing geopolitical tension has emerged with the detention of American citizen Kim Sang-duk, a lecturer visiting North Korea. This development comes alongside threats by the North Korean government that it is “ready

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Fading Out: The Right To Be Forgotten Under International Law

The right to be forgotten, or the right of erasure, is a recently-posited right that only makes sense contextualized by modern advances in digital technology and telecommunications. Generally, it refers to the ability of an individual to autonomously decide to expunge personal data or information from the internet such that

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China Urges US Not To Respond Rashly To North Korean Missile Tests

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stay “cool-headed” following the latter’s aggressive response to recent missile tests by North Korea. Pyongyang has been working towards a functional nuclear missile system for quite some time now, but it made noted progress on March

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Intellectual Property and Pharmaceutical Access in the Developing World

Rapid technological progress over the last several decades has enabled marked improvements in quality of life and, thanks to medical advances, the capacity for humans to live significantly longer than in any prior era. Yet the fruits of this progress are not equitable. Expansive patenting of new drugs under international

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UN Declares Man-Made Famine In South Sudan, Warns Of More To Come

Three United Nations (UN) agencies, in coordination with the South Sudan government, have declared an official state of famine in two of the country’s northern counties. In the midst of South Sudan’s ongoing civil war and economic crisis, many officials have identified the famine as being man-made. Although famine-like conditions

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UNSC Passes Resolution Emphasizing Importance Of International Cooperation For Preventing Terror Threats To Infrastructure

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution late last week highlighting the importance of international cooperation in protecting critical infrastructure from terror threats. Resolution 2341, which was passed unanimously by the 15-member body and emphasizes the need for multilateral partnerships and effective communication, comes in the wake of several

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US Responds To Iranian Missile Test With Threats, Sanctions

Following an Iranian ballistic missile test, US President Donald Trump’s administration threatened that it was “officially putting Iran on notice.” The US Treasury has since issued a round of sanctions against Iran, even as the international community expresses fears of escalating tensions. On Sunday, January 29th Iran conducted a medium-range

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