Isabelle Aboaf

About Isabelle Aboaf

Majoring in Government at Cornell University with an interest in comparative and U.S. politics, international institutions, and political methodology.

Report Reveals COVID-19 Enforcement Disproportionately Impacts Europe’s Ethnic And Racial Minorities

Amnesty International (AI) released a report on Wednesday revealing patterns of biased law enforcement in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic, a finding reflective of the long-standing inequality Black Lives Matter protesters are marching against across the globe. AI studied the enforcement of coronavirus lockdowns in Western and Eastern Europe and […]

Burundi Elects New President Amid Concerns Over Election Integrity

Evariste Ndayishimiye, candidate for the governing Burundian party CNDD-FDD, was declared the winner of Burundi’s May 20th election by the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI). Ndayishimiye campaigned to “fight poverty and develop the country” and received approximately 67% of the vote while his opponent, Agathon Rwasa of the National Freedom […]

UNGA Passes Resolution Condemning Myanmar’s Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya

The UN General Assembly, in a vote of 134-9 with 28 abstentions, issued a condemnation of Myanmar’s human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in the state. Myanmar, a Buddhist-majority country under the leadership of Aung San Suu-Kyi, has long deemed the Rohingya to be ethnic Bengalis […]

Afghan Voters Cast Presidential Election Ballots Amid Taliban Security Threats

Afghanistan’s presidential elections were held last Sunday after being delayed twice due to failed peace talks between the Taliban and the US. According to Al Jazeera, bombings and rocket attacks in the Helmand, Nangarhar, Ghor, Kandahar, and Maidan Wardak provinces prevented or discouraged Afghan voters from going to the polls. […]

National Livelihood On The Line As Pacific Islands Speak Out Against Australia’s Fossil Fuel Reliance

Pacific Island nations’ futures are increasingly threatened by human contributions to climate change. Last week, 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum met to discuss pressing national issues. The regional summit saw tension between Australian leadership and smaller Pacific island governments on issues of climate change, fossil fuel reliance, and […]

US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercise Despite North Korea Condemnation

The United States and South Korea proceeded with planned joint military exercises early last week, despite North Korea’s characterization of the exercises as provocative and threatening. North Korea claims that the drills jeopardize ongoing nuclear disarmament negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. The exercises are aimed to assess Seoul’s military capability […]

Iran Deems British Plans For European Fleet In Gulf “Hostile” And “Provocative”

Iran condemned a proposal introduced by the UK for a European-led naval mission to accompany tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s busiest oil shipping lane. Britain ordered its Royal Navy, by way of warship, to escort British vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. Iran reacted in […]

US-Taiwan Arms Deal Reflective Of Greater Asia Security Concerns

Last week, the State Department approved an approximately $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles manufactured by Raytheon. The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Chinese government and Chinese companies would impose sanctions (the details of which remain unclear) […]

Latest Attack In Central Mali Results In Nearly 100 Deaths 1

An overnight attack this past Sunday in central Mali left nearly 100 people dead. An additional 19 villagers were reported missing according to the Malian government, but numbers are likely to increase as authorities continue to investigate. The casualties belong to a traditional village, Sobame Da, primarily home to the […]

Taliban Delegation And Afghan Political Leaders Gather In Moscow For Peace Talks

This past week, A 14-member Taliban delegation along with other Russian and Afghan political leaders were invited to meet for peace talks in Moscow. Attendees included the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a representative of the Afghanistan High Peace Council and Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s former president. The talks were provoked […]