Emma Appleton


About Emma Appleton

Emma grew up in Bahrain, a tiny island in the Persian Gulf but returned to New Zealand just as the Arab Spring uprisings began. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, and works as a social researcher.

UN Cracks Down On Human Trafficking In Libya

The United Nations Security Council, led by the Netherlands, recently adopted a resolution to sanction perpetrators of human trafficking and sexual abuse in Libya, CNN writes. The sanctions require countries to freeze the assets of individuals committing these crimes and prevent them from travelling. This is a timely strengthening of […]


Trump Withdraws U.S. Troops Leaving Syrians In the Lurch

On Wednesday 19 December, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his plan to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from Syria over the next 100 days, Al Jazeera reports. Initially, his justification for this sudden decision was the alleged defeat of ISIL. Yet, just 24 hours later, he changed his reasoning, citing […]


Thailand Prepares Unlawful Extradition Of Australian-Based Refugee

Hakeem al-Araibi, an Australian-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player, remains detained in Thailand following his arrest three weeks ago, Al Jazeera reports. His arrest followed a Red Notice (an Interpol alert to find and temporarily detain an individual awaiting extradition), issued by Bahrain. The notice was then withdrawn, as notices […]


Houthi Rebels And Yemeni Government Meet Face-To-Face To Negotiate Peace

UN-directed peace talks between Houthi delegates and members of the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi began Thursday in Rimbo, Sweden. They were influenced by mounting pressure from Western countries to end nearly four years of conflict, writes Voice of America. The talks mark the first negotiations between both […]


Female Peacekeepers: A Silver Lining In The Ongoing Mali Conflict? 1

As the conflict wages on, the UN is making a conscious effort to employ more women as peacekeepers in their Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The push for gender equality is not only to empower local women but also to improve conflict resolution. Force Commander Lieutenant General Gyllensporre […]