Although for the most part still more a feature in science fiction than reality, the idea of space being a weapon and battleground of great power conflict is closer than ever. This article lays out how China and the US could end up fighting in or over outer space, and what both countries are currently … More Weaponizing Space?
Following the disaster in Fort McMurray fire Canada recently with a forest fire that caused nearly 100,000 people to evacuate, more research has come to light about the cause. The main culprit is climate change, and more information about larger-than-usual forest fires in Alaska and Siberia (both much less inhabited, therefore receiving much less attention) show … More Forest Fires and Climate Change
Jordan is currently hosting one the largest populations of Syrian refugees in the world. The most famous refugee camp is now larger than most of the country’s official cities. Obviously, Jordan is struggling to find sustainable and peaceful ways to deal with these refugees, and policy experts from around the world are weighing in. One … More Jordan’s Refugee Experiment
Although these two countries’ governments are not currently at odds, increased violence along their shared border is a problem. Violence between two different tribal groups who are mostly separated by the international border has been rising, with retaliatory attacks making locals afraid to go about their daily lives. So far the violence has been relatively small-scale, but … More The Conflict Between Ethiopia and South Sudan
I haven’t been able to post many updates over the past few days because of a MUN Conference held in Seoul, and attending that conference made me even more passionate about certain issues. Brazil’s embattled president (and by extension her party) has been in the headlines for months, and after protests, rumors, and scheduled votes to … More Update: Brazil
Aung San Suu Kyi, most famously known in the West as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently issued some interesting instructions to the new US ambassador to Myanmar: don’t talk about or name the Rohingya people. This is the minority Muslim population in Myanmar that are fleeing the country in record numbers to escape religious persecution. … More The “Not-to-be-named” Minority?
Australia’s long-running policy of confining illegal immigrants in detention centers in nearby island countries has been controversial for years. Now, it may also be illegal. The UN and the Papua New Guinean Supreme Court recently condemned the policy as being inhumane, and ordered the closing of the center in Papua New Guinea. This could spell the … More Australia’s Refugee Detention Policy
In the past few weeks, Iraq has been increasingly roiled by protests: not against ISIS (though attacks have been increasing), but against the central government. Led by Muqtada al-Sadr, the protestors took over the Green Zone, and then gave it back. The debate is about the new members of the cabinet in the central government, … More What’s going on in Iraq?
President Xi is taking on arguably his biggest challenge yet, reforming and consolidating the Chinese military. This is a massive political challenge that, if it goes well, could cement him in Chinese history, and if badly, could topple his presidency. It’s such a big push that it’s not just restricted to internal meetings and organizational changes, … More Reforming China’s Military
Unfortunately stories of large corporations taking away the property of those less fortunate and then not being held accountable are all too common. In what may be a new twist however, in Zimbabwe at least, many of the corporations responsible for these kinds of activities are not the name-brand multinationals familiar from the headlines, but … More Confiscation in Southern Africa