October 2017

United Kingdom To Ban ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapies Under New LGBT Action Plan

The British government has announced it plans to ban so-called ‘gay conversion’ therapies in what the British prime minister Theresa May describes will lead to “real and lasting change”. The announcement comes as the government published its LGBT action plan produced by the Equalities Office following a UK-wide survey of […]

The Implications Of President Trump’s Plan To Scrap The Iran Nuclear Deal

In October 2017, the White House made an announcement updating their position on the Iran Nuclear Deal.  As part of the deal, the US is required to certify that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the agreement every 90 days. Despite President Donald Trump being a highly vocal critic of the […]

Climate Change And State Security

The Australian Senate is currently carrying out an inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia’s national security. Although the inquiry is due to run until next month, many expert submissions have already been made and, following on from the Department of Defence’s 2016 White Paper, now is an […]

Climate Change, Humanitarian Crises And Social Instability

Climate change is an implication in many violent conflicts, which leads to proliferation of humanitarian crises across the world. It is presumable that this trend will exacerbate in the future, as climate change is likely to worsen as greater demands are placed on the environment as a result of industrialisation […]

After Kenya Election Re-Run—What Next?

Kenya’s electoral process has once again been thrown into chaos—the country’s election authorities have indefinitely delayed attempts to hold the vote in certain opposition areas, Reuters reported early Saturday morning. The repeat presidential vote was called by the Supreme Court after the results of the August election were successfully challenged […]

WHO Cancels Robert Mugabe’s Appointment As Goodwill Ambassador

The World Health Organization cancelled its appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in response to international outrage. While Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, previously praised Mugabe for improving the public health system in Zimbabwe, critics, however, say that the system has collapsed due to the failure of the […]

Robert Mugabe’s WHO Goodwill Ambassador Role Cancelled

Following widespread global public opposition on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) revoked the appointment of Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. Mugabe was named by the WHO head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to the largely ceremonial position on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, during a meeting in Uruguay […]

Report October 2017: The Nexus Between Climate Change And Humanitarian Crises

The Issue “A huge proportion of the world’s population lives near oceans. If they start moving, then you start seeing scarce resources that are subject to competition between population.” – Barack Obama 2016  “The world is warming, it’s because of us, we are sure, ice is melting, weather is getting […]

Climate Change And The Refugee Crisis: The Likelihood Of Increased Climate Migration

In 2016, military leaders specifically addressed the impact of climate change on conflict and migration, “Climate change is the greatest security threat of the 21st century […] We’re going to see refugee problems on an unimaginable scale, potentially above 30 million people,” stated by Gen Munir Muniruzzaman, chairman of the […]

At Least 52 Police Officers Killed During A Raid On Egypt’s Western Desert

This past Friday, a number of armed militants and 52 police officers and conscripts were killed during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s western desert. According to Egypt’s interior ministry, security forces had been following a lead to the hideout, which is believed to have housed eight […]