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Samoan Constitutional Crisis
Jayden van Leeuwen

Although Samoan’s went to the polls on 9 April 2021, the wait for a clear winner of that election is still ongoing, and the outcome could have wide-ranging implications for the region – not only because Samoa is a well-respected
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New United States Leadership
And the Global Order
Abbas Nazari

In his address to the Munich security conference (his first international speech as president), President Biden told European leaders the US wants to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” In a clean break from the isolationist policies of his predecessor, President Biden noted
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War crimes, international law, and the global community
Australia, the US, and the rest of us
Abbas Nazari

How is the emerging global community to deal with alleged war crimes, within the context of contemporary international law and national political integrity?   This is one of the more critical questions of the early 21st century. War crimes are many,
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Global Peacemaking or Peacebuilding?
US support for Afghanistan needs a reset
Abbas Nazari

The weak-kneed efforts at strengthening global security in recent decades are desperately in need of a reset. Nowhere is this more palpably obvious than in Afghanistan, along of course with Syria, Yemen and Libya. But let me focus on Afghanistan,
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How Should the Global Community Deal with Extremism?
Something other than US national strategy
Abbas Nazari

Extremism, in all its forms – political, religious, ethnic, gender, generational – is, in short, an extreme version of a belief system. It can be promoted peacefully, and within the normal bounds of freedom of speech.  And it can, of
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Understanding Nuclear Disarmament
Report on Australia
Renee Moorjani

Following the drafting of the Civil Society Youth Pledge at the Hui in September, and while contemplating what is to follow, Jayden van Leeuwen (YGSG) and I locked in on two key elements of the pledge. The first was the
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Big Data & Privacy:
Global-regional-national concerns
Elise Antoine

 In 2018 Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of Facebook profiles, including 64,000 New Zealanders for political campaign purposes, using the information without consent. The scandal illustrated how big data can put the right to privacy at risk.   This may have focused
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How to Prevent Genocide?
Early Intervention
Abbas Nazari

The best conflict is one that doesn’t happen. This blog argues that the best global approach (short of a full-fledged military intervention) to prevent a potential conflict from developing into all-out conflict is early intervention. The blog analyses a counterfactual approach to the Rwandan genocide, and how early intervention, had it been utilized, could have
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UN Peace Keeping and the Global Community:
A specific, and sensitive, challenge
Jayden van Leeuwen

The United Nations (UN) is a key actor in the international sphere, and plays an integral role in the maintenance of peace and security across the world. One of the key mechanisms for doing so are its peacekeeping operations, which
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