Louisa Slack

About Louisa Slack

I have just completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology, Criminology and International Relations. I am particularly interested in long term peaceful solutions to all conflicts, how societies deal with marginalized groups and the role of culture in providing peaceful solutions.

Division In The Gulf States

Tension has occurred in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting Islamist terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qaeda and The Muslim Brotherhood. They believe such action impinges on their security and stability. Diplomatic links have been closed, Qatari citizens living in […]

Grassroots Activism By Saudi Women Make Women’s Rights A Contemporary Issue

In Saudi Arabia, women have limited independence to make decisions. Under the guardianship system operated in the country, women require the consent of a male adult, usually their father or husband to travel, marry, work or carry out tasks outside the home. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the […]

Rif Activism Pressures Moroccan Government

Demonstrations in Al-Hoceima, part of Morocco’s neglected Rif region on the Mediterranean coast, have continued for over six months. In October 2016, a fish seller, Mouhcine Fikri, was crushed to death in a rubbish truck as he attempted to retrieve his fish. The Police had thrown it away as Fikri […]

Brazil: Will The Corruption Allegations And Political Turmoil Ever End?

New allegations of obstructing justice and corruption have been made against the President of Brazil. In a report issued in May 2017 by the Brazilian Attorney-General, an investigation has been ordered into the behaviour of President Temer. An audio recorded conversation appears to have evidence of President Temer ensuring Eduardo Cunha, […]

Poland: Restoring Plurality Or A Threat To Democracy?

Protest action from those opposing the Law and Justice Party shows no sign of stopping. In Warsaw on 6 May 2017, tens of thousands of people marched to show their disapproval of the Law and Justice Party strengthening of their central power and limiting by regulating the power of democracy. […]

Turkey: Opportunity Or Repression?

On the 16th of April 2017, the people of Turkey voted by a very small margin to approve a new draft constitution to make their country a presidential republic. Only 51.3% supported the move while 48.75% including those from Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and the Kurdish people living in Southeast Turkey […]

Political Chaos In Venezuela

Eye-searing tear gas, rubber bullets, and swinging police batons greeted protestors opposed to President Maduro in Venezuela at the end of March 2017. Extraordinary political events had occurred, the most extreme being the Supreme Court’s announcement on 29 March 2017, stating its intent to take over legislative powers from the […]

Mali: Caught Between Conflict And Peace

Refusal by some separatist groups to attend the national unity conference hosted by the Malian government is the latest obstacle for peace. Failure by the government to enforce law and order has meant that armed violence and ethnic conflict have persisted, especially in northern Mali. A Peace Accord signed in […]

China’s Coercion Causes More Challenges For Taiwan

Taiwan and China’s precarious relationship continues to be bruised by incidents of spying. Zhou Hongxu has been arrested for attempting to recruit spies within the Taiwanese government using business interests and education as ruses. Zhou came from China to Taiwan on a student exchange program and graduated from National Chengchi […]