Author: Matthew Price

Cyprus Urges EU To Permit Return Of Syrian Refugees

Cyprus has called on the EU to revise the status of Syria as an “unsafe” country so that Syrian refugees in European host countries can be repatriated. Cypriot Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou raised the request at a meeting of the Council of the EU in July. The current designation of

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U.S. Waives Human Rights Conditions To Grant Egypt Military Aid

The United States has suspended human rights restrictions on foreign aid in order to send $235 million worth of weaponry to Egypt. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced on September 14th that “it is in the U.S. national security interest to waive certain human rights related conditions” on the package

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Syria Brought To International Court On Torture Charges

The International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) has heard that the Syrian government tortured tens of thousands of people over the past decade. In the first public hearing of the case against Syria, representatives for Canada and the Netherlands told the court that there is “irrefutable evidence” of the “endemic use

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Are Sanctions Against Russia Effective?

On February 25th, 2022 the day after Russia invaded Ukraine, the EU announced a sweeping scheme of sanctions on the Russian state, including trade embargoes and financial restrictions, along with asset freezes and travel bans for powerful members of the Russian government. This marked the start of an unprecedented campaign

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New Zealand Intelligence Community Accuses China of “Foreign Interference”

New Zealand has been the target of foreign interference by Chinese spies, according to a threat assessment report published by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) on July 11th, 2023. The report alleges that “There are foreign intelligence agencies who persistently and opportunistically conduct espionage operations against New Zealand.”

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Kenya To Lead Multinational Police Force In Haiti

Kenya will deploy 1000 police officers as part of a multinational operation designed to “restore normalcy” in Haiti, Kenyan Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua announced on July 29th. Following the announcement, a spokesperson for the US State Department said that the US and Ecuador both intended to introduce a resolution at

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15 Years On: A Test For The Convention On Cluster Munitions

Cluster bombs are extremely dangerous weapons. Upon release from an aircraft, a cluster bomb opens in mid-air and disperses many smaller “bomblets” across acres of land. They are especially threatening to civilians compared with conventional explosives for two reasons. First, the bomblets are scattered, not targeted, so any civilians in

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Secretary General Proposes New UN Agency To Mitigate AI Risks

The UN Security Council held its first ever meeting about artificial intelligence on July 18th, 2023. The Security Council was briefed by experts in AI with Secretary General António Guterres warning that “Both military and non-military applications of AI could have very serious consequences for global peace and security.” Guterres

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Vigilante Violence Intensifies In Haiti

The battle for the streets of Haiti between organized gangs and grassroots vigilante groups has escalated in recent weeks. Maria Isabel Salvador, head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), reported to the Security Council on July 6th, 2023 that “Since April, BINUH has documented the killing of at

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