Global Governance

UN, U.S. Summits Offer Modest Immediate Relief to Refugees, But Systemic Reforms Needed

Heads of state gathered in New York for the September 19 United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants will reaffirm principles of international law, pledge to treat asylum seekers more humanely, and promise to improve coordination between humanitarian and development organizations.

On NK, freeze can be layover to denuclearization

North Korea tested a fifth nuclear device in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Held on the sixty-eighth anniversary of the regime's founding, the test comes fresh on the heels of a series of ballistic missile tests on Monday as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China. North Korea advances its threat capabilities with each nuclear and ballistic missile test. It is time for an immediate re-assessment of ongoing efforts to eliminate the threat North Korea's weapons programs pose to the region.

21st Century Health, Education, Development, and Global Security

Health and education are essential for sustainable development across low-, middle-, and high-income economies. Health, education, and development in a well-integrated cluster are the sine qua non building blocks of global security.

Huge economic, health, and educational disparities abound among nations. These are accompanied by poverty that is catalytic to the seeds of disaffection, exclusion, and anger, and decreasing the threshold for violent, antisocial behavior globally.

Tribunal Ruling a Double-Edged Sword for China's Neighbors

On 12 July, a tribunal in The Hague handed down a ruling in the arbitration case instituted by the Philippines against China, brought before the court three years ago.

The tribunal, set up under the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, ruled in favour of the Philippines, concluding that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources in the South China Sea falling within the idiosyncratic "nine-dash line" that had been used in some Chinese maps.

UNEP's GEO-6 North American Report: Informing the 2030 Development Agenda

With so much focus on global environmental problems, many may wonder how their region is faring more specifically. This is the sentiment behind the United Nations Environment Program’s process for the latest iteration of its flagship assessment, the Global Environmental Outlook 6 (GEO-6). 

"Turkey's Democratic Decline": Henri J. Barkey Testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats

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Turkey’s Democratic Decline

Chairman Rohrabacher, Ranking Member Meeks, and members of the subcommittee, it is an honor to testify before you today. I ask that my written testimony be admitted into the record.

How to Hear, and Address, China’s Reaction to Tribunal Ruling Over South China Sea Claims

Ignore the rhetoric.

For now.

Brexit and the Politics of Fear

I arrived London on Thursday, the day of the BREXIT referendum. London looked the same as usual—people going about their business. I saw none of the “I voted” lapel stickers or the usual campaign signs or bumper stickers, which in this case would have read “remain” or “leave,” that one would see in America on a voting day. Probably a good many Londoners were going about their business as usual, confident that the “remain” side would win handily; London supported it by a significant margin, and must have thought the rest of the country would follow suit.

The Iran-Saudi Arabia Conflict and its Impact on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

The confrontation between the two bitter rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia has engulfed several Middle Eastern countries and many regional and international Islamic organizations, such as the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This paper will focus on the impact of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry on the OIC.