Author: Elizabeth Burden

Venezuela: Military Intervention Is Not The Answer

After U.S. President Donald Trump told a news conference on Friday that a military option in Venezuela was “certainly something we could pursue,” his own Vice President, Mike Pence, backpedalled immediately, claiming, “The president also remains confident that working with all of our allies across Latin America we can achieve

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The Philippines’ Third War

The Philippines’ “War on Drugs” and battle against ISIS-affiliated groups have received global media attention over the past year, but a third conflict has gripped the country since the 1960s. Already stalled peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) have now been frozen, after a series of

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Taking Back Mosul: When Is Collateral Damage Justified?

The degree to which collateral damage may be justified by its potential to shorten a conflict and reduce long-term suffering has been questioned throughout history. Last week, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul. It had been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

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The First Casualty Of War Is Truth

The allegation that modern mainstream media outlets are distributing “fake news” has been recently popularised by Donald Trump, however the imperfections of war reporting date much farther back than the dawn of social media. The imperfections of war reporting is a significant issue because news coverage affects public opinion, which

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The Philippines’ Child Jihadists

The use of child soldiers is well established in the Philippines, where all of the factors that make children vulnerable to recruitment exist prominently. Child soldiers are likewise integral to The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s long-term global strategy. Worryingly, these trends conflate with the protracted history of

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Venezuela: Beyond Crisis

In August 2016, the previous United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed worry regarding the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Venezuela. The events that occurred this week have underscored that the country is now beyond crisis, instead, it has escalated to beyond a failed state. A failed state is defined as “a nation

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The UK General Election And Its Effect On Regional Stability

“Strong and stable leadership” was UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s promise when she announced on May 18th that she was calling a ‘snap’ general election. Securing her own mandate for Brexit was the justification. Yet having alienated the Conservative core with what was soon branded the “dementia tax,” facing criticism

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