Ingrid Valladares Gonzalez

About Ingrid Valladares Gonzalez

Ingrid hails from Ecuador where she obtained a dual Bachelors Degree in Economics. She also studied English, French and Portuguese. With her strong language skills, Ingrid soon gained a role in the Foreign Affairs Department of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador and this experience encouraged her to get involved in global affairs. She then decided to pursue her Masters of International Relations at the University of Queensland in order to build knowledge and experience.

Ongoing Civil Unrest In Nicaragua Can Lead To A Refugee Crisis

The political crisis that started in Nicaragua since the mid of April in 2018 has raised great concern among its citizens as well as national and international authorities. Everything had started as a student protest in Managua against the Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega has now become a violent civil conflict. […]

Six Latin American Countries Suspended Their Membership From The UNASUR

On the 19th of April, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), one of the largest Latin American institutions created to counter U.S. influence, temporarily lost six of its members. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru suspended their memberships last Thursday due to conflict about who is to hold […]

Venezuela’s Refugee Crisis

The ongoing Venezuelan political, economic, and humanitarian crises have caused great concern not only to the country’s citizens but also to the Latin American region as a whole. During the past few years, Nicolas Maduro’s regime has been nationally and internationally recognized as authoritarian.  The huge violations of human rights, […]

A Regional Agreement To Protect Environmental Activists In Latin America And The Caribbean

As a result of the increasing number of murders of land and environmental defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 24 states of the region have adopted a legally binding agreement on the “access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.”  The principal aim of this deal is to protect […]

The Right To Bear Arms Vs. The Right To Live: The United States’ Case

The school shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th was one of the deadliest since 2012. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been 291 school shootings in the U.S. since 2013, which means that a school shooting occurs almost […]

Ethiopia’s PM Resigns From His Position To Restore National Peace

On the 15th of February of 2018, as a result of the ongoing protests in Ethiopia, the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced his decision to resign from his position as the leader of the country and the chairman of the coalition party. After this pronouncement, the ruling Ethiopian People’s […]

Ecuador And The National Referendum: The Breakdown Of A Socialist Regime

On the 4th of February, a national referendum was held in Ecuador. Seven questions regarding topics about corruption, indefinite re-election, children and environmental protection, mining, the law on capital gains, and the restructuring of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control, a government body, were part of the controversial […]

Violence After The Bicentenary Of The Battle Of Koregaon In India

On the 1st of January of 2018, Pune, the second largest city in India, had a contentious commencement of the year. The Dalit community was celebrating the bicentenary of the Battle of Koregaon, a British-Peshwa war, which marked a milestone in its emancipation. Unfortunately, this year’s celebration ended with right-wing […]

Illegal Trading With North Korea After The Latest UN Sanctions

Last week the resolution 2397 was approved by the UN Security Council, in which new economic sanctions were imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in order to halt its nuclear programme. Among these sanctions, one strictly limited oil trade to the Asian country. Certainly, this action could destabilize […]

An Historical Unanimous Agreement On North Korea Sanctions

On the 22nd of December, the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in response to its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test on the 29th of November. The resolution 2397 bans approximately 90% of refined petroleum product exports and it demands North Koreans […]

Honduran Elections A Tug Of War Between Elite And Democratic Interests

On the 26th of November, the Republic of Honduras held General Elections for its president, deputy officials, and local mayors. During the first results announced the morning after, by the electoral commission (TSE), the opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla, who represents the Alliance of the Opposition Against the Dictatorship was […]