Author: Min Ji Kim

Populism: A Threat To Humanitarian Aid?

There has been a rise of populism, highlighted by President Donald Trump’s election in the U.S. and the UK’s vote for Brexit. As such, the word “populism” has been more widely used but in very different contexts. For instance, President Trump advocates the deportation of undocumented immigrants whereas the Spanish

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America First, But At What Cost?

“The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the UN to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance,” a UN representative commented in response to President Trump’s budget plan for 2018. Currently, the US contributes 25% and 28%, respectively, of the UN’s

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The Escalating Situation With North Korea

On top of the three nuclear tests since becoming the supreme leader of North Korea in 2010, Kim Jong-un has conducted six missile tests in 2017. These recent, repeated attempts have escalated the tensions, thereby straining the relationship with China and with the USA. The first missile was tested on

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“Mother Of All Bombs”

On April 13th 2017, 7:32 local time, the US dropped a 21,600 pound bomb on the eastern Afghan Nangarhar province. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), or nicknamed “mother of all bombs”, is the most potent non-nuclear bomb to ever be used in combat by the US military.

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Sarin In Syria: Will It Force The US To Act?

On the morning of April 4th, warplanes dropped chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun, an area under the rebel control and populated by refugees. As of April 5th, the death toll has risen to 72 of which 20 are children. Previously, the US had taken a hands-off approach in regards to

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Article 50 Triggered: The Two Year Countdown

“I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union” – Theresa May in UK’s letter triggering Article 50. On March 29th, 2017, Theresa May, the UK’s Prime Minister, triggered Article 50

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The Rise Of Sewol: A New Time For South Korea?

By March 28th or 29th, the Motor Vessel (MV) Sewol is expected to reach the nearest land. On March 23rd, the ferry was salvaged from the depths of the sea. On April 16th, 2014, it sunk with 476 passengers on board. The majority of the passengers – 325 people –

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The United States Speaks: G20 Without Free Trade And Climate Change

On March 18th, G20 leaders rejected a previous commitment for free trade and climate change. The decision is rooted in the pressure from US President Trump’s “America First” policy and his claims that climate change is a “hoax,” which have swayed the forum’s view on these two major goals. This is

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Six Years Of Syrian War: An End In Sight?

The Arab Spring protests that took place in March 2011 culminated into a Syrian civil war which is yet to be resolved. The initially peaceful demonstrations supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation quickly turned violent as the government attempted to forcefully suppress the unrest. In response, the opposition also took up

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