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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2017 Strongmen: Duterte

With the controversial elections of Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, Austrian President Norbert Hofer, American President Donald Trump, the popularity of Dutch Geert Wilders, French Marine Le Pen and Polish Jaroslaw Kaczynski, as well as the popularity of the Greek Golden Dawn and the Sweden’s Democrat parties, the rise of right-wing

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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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Widespread Food Insecurity In Yemen

Instability within a country can damage local populations in a myriad of ways. Systems like government service provision or food distribution which function normally in peacetime are disrupted and with these interruptions come dire consequences. This is exactly true in regards to the conflict in Yemen. The conflict in Yemen

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Russia And Homophobia: Chechnya

Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for the head of the Chechen Republic, is reported to have said, “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in [Chechnya]” on April 2, 2017. The type of people of which Karimov was discussing were individuals with same-sex sexual orientations. Without any

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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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Minsk II: Hasty Agreement Yields Weak “Peace”

The territory of Ukraine has been occupied many times by the Russian Federation, in its various forms and the currently frozen conflict in the Donbass is another example of Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. The Donbass is in Eastern Ukraine close to Ukraine’s border with Russia. The Donbass is comprised of

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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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