Author: Lauren Hogan

Russian Corruption And Opposition

Democracy’s tenuous foothold in Russia slipped further as opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was “formally barred” from running for election in the Russian Federation’s 2018 elections, the BBC reports. While this comes without surprise, as Navalny was convicted of embezzlement in a retrial in early February of 2017, the court’s decision was

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Macron And Putin: Meetings Of Mind And Might

On May 29th, 2017, important talks were held between the Russian Federation’s President Vladimir Putin and the new French President, Emmanuel Macron. The discussions took place in Versailles, France; this was done strategically as the talks coincide with the opening of an exhibition which commemorates Tsar Peter the First’s or

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Missing And Murdered In Mexico

Corruption and drug-related violence in Mexico are not new phenomena, nor is the relationship between the two new. According to the BBC, conservative estimates of drug-related deaths in Mexico are at about 23,000 people for the year of 2016. However, this total is likely to continue rising, as more mass

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Indigenous Activists In Brazil Brutalized

On April 31st, in the north-east of Brazil, several severely injured members of the Gamela tribe were taken to a hospital in Sao Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhao. The members of the Gamela tribe were allegedly shot, stabbed, and maimed at the hands of local farmers and

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Syrian Conflict: Kurdish Active Ingredients

In light of the recent gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in Syria, it is important to consider the Turkish involvement in the Syrian conflict. At first blush, Turkey’s relationship with the Syrian conflict is much more neutral than that of both Russia and the United States, but

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A Tale of Two Bombings: Khan Sheikhoun and Shayrat Airbase

On April 6th, the US bombed the Shayrat airbase in Syria, ostensibly, as a result of the alleged use of chemical weapons. To be clear, the Shayrat airbase was held by the Syrian government which is currently supporting President Bashir Al-Assad’s regime. Aside from the prevailing commentary of the bombing,

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Waning Strength Of The International Criminal Court?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) seated in the Netherlands has recently suffered numerous blows to its legitimacy as African nations like Burundi, the Gambia, and South Africa all vowed to leave the Court in 2016. The countries’ decisions to withdraw from the Rome Statute, or the foundational legal document of

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