Author: Jordan Forster

Peace Through Sports: An Introduction To Sports Diplomacy

Sports diplomacy is not a new practice and since ancient times, sporting events have been used as a vehicle for political goals. The Ancient Olympics in Greece, for example, allowed for dialogue, discussion, and peace between city-states that were otherwise continuously at war. However, since those times, the aims and

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Too Little, Too Late? An Analysis of UNSCR 2334

  On 23 December 2016, the United Nations Security Council voted 14 with one abstention to declare Israel’s continued construction of settlements on the West Bank as inconsistent with international law and that for a two-state solution to succeed, the current policy must cease immediately. However, is it too little,

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China To Return U.S. Drone Captured In The South China Sea

  After days of negotiations, China has agreed to return an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to the US, three days after it was captured in the South China Sea off the northwest coast of the Philippines. On December 15, a Chinese warship seized, what a Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman described

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Two Explosions Leave 29 Dead And 166 Injury In Istanbul

  Two explosions, believed to have been a car bomb and a suicide bomb, have killed 29 people and injured 166 in Istanbul two hours after a football match between Besiktas and Bursaspor, two of Turkey’s biggest teams. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, released a statement confirming casualties and declaring

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One Year On: Evaluating The Iran Nuclear Deal

It has been a year since the adoption of the historic Iran nuclear deal by the P5 + 1 countries and Iran on October 18, 2015, which was followed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on January 16, 2016. In the short term, the deal has been successful

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Elections In Palestine Indefinitely Postponed

Over the last few weeks, the optimism surrounding the October 8 local elections in Palestine has vanished. It was to be the first time the West Bank and the Gaza strip held simultaneous elections in, up to, 416 Palestinian cities. It was to be the first time Fatah and Hamas,

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