Author: Megan Stagman

Bemba’s Conviction Illustrates Innovation in the ICC

On Monday 21st March 2016, the International Criminal Court announced its third conviction since the court’s founding in 2002. Former rebel leader turned vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been found guilty of multiple charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trial, which

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Slow Progress for Peace Negotiations in Colombia

After over three years of peace negotiations in Havana, between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC) and the Colombian government, the 23rd of March was the deadline set for a final agreement. However, despite visible and very encouraging progress, it seems that the conclusion of Latin America’s

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2016: An Opportunity for Change in India-Pakistan Relations?

It seemed as though 2016 might bring with it promise of progress for the hostile relationship between India and neighbouring Pakistan. A surprise visit from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Pakistani capital on Christmas Day 2015 shocked the world after yet another year of tense relations. The brief stay

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Sincere Ignorance And Conscientious Stupidity

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously announced that “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Those words have never seemed more apt than when Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a report on Friday which stated that 30% of American Republican primary

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Turbulent Prelude to CAR Elections

This week has seen further violence erupt in the Central African Republic in the lead up to the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December 27th. The French Embassy warned citizens of gunfire and the erection of barricades in at least eight districts of the capital, Bangui, and advised everyone

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Us versus Them: An Idealistic Misrepresentation of ISIS

  In reporting conflict, there is always a temptation to radically simplify for the sake of ease and accessibility. This year has been all about the ‘bad guys’ ISIS versus the rest of the world, either the innocent victims of cruel attacks or the united heroes who seek to collectively

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Ongoing Tensions In South Sudan

Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan – one of the world’s newest and most conflicted states – reaffirmed his personal commitment on Friday to the peace agreement that he signed in August. The negotiation, which took place in Ethiopia with insurgent leader, Riek Machar, was meant to bring to

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Russia In Syria: Reducing Or Contributing To The Conflict?

  September 30th 2015 marked the beginning of Russia’s involvement in targeting the Islamic State in Syria, and, since then, it has attracted international controversy. Members of the international coalition fighting ISIS, including the United States and Britain, have expressed “deep concern” over Russia’s actions, and have urged President Putin

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