Category Archives: International Policy

Baseball Scandal Highlights Ethnic Haitian Difficulties

By Mariel Beasley, Staff Editor Reports of Marlins’ closing pitcher, Leo Nunez, using fake documents to sign a professional contract adds an additional element to the debate surrounding birth certificates in the Dominican Republic, which has received international criticism for its policies surrounding citizenship for ethnic Haitians. The ease with which Dominican baseball players can […]

R2P, Libya, and the Implications of Collective Force

By Katherine White, Staff Editor In its discussion of the repercussions of international-community action in Libya, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) presents the Libya case as a model for R2P intervention. Designed to “prevent and stop genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” R2P can play a beneficial role […]

Made In America

By Evan Krasomil, Senior Web Editor As Republican candidates for president publicly debate the merits of having U.S. military forces directly assist the Mexican government in its fight against drug cartels, it’s unfortunate that such little attention is paid to the prominent role already being played by the U.S., both in terms of the drugs we […]

America v. China: Battleground Africa

By Mike Burrows, staff editor

Events in authoritarian regimes across the Middle East have brought additional attention on China’s role in Africa, in terms of both small-scale unrest in the world’s largest centrally-run country and China’s service as financier and presumed backstop of other dictatorial regimes. China is unlikely to introduce full democracy anytime soon, but the chain of events provides a new reason to look more closely at China’s evolving position on the African continent.

Many Challenges Ahead in Haiti’s Runoff Election

By Agustina Laurito, staff editor

On November 28 Haiti held a presidential election to choose Rene Préval’s successor. The election was characterized by fraud, corruption and low turnout. After a series of protests, it was determined last week that Michel Martelly will compete against Mirlande Manigat in the March 20 runoff election. Despite this advance, in a country still dealing with the crippling consequences of last year’s devastating earthquake, and where institutional weakness is the norm, the road to the runoff election is full of challenges.

¡Viva la Revolución!

By Jade Lamb, staff editor

The Economist loves a good graph. In the past week’s issue, it put together a table showing the results of its ad hoc “Shoe-Thrower’s Index,” which measures the likelihood of unrest in Arab countries. Yemen comes out far ahead, rating nearly 90 on the hundred-point scale; its closest competitor, Libya, comes in around 70. Confirming the Economist’s place as a leader in current events reporting, popular protests in Yemen have already started. How was the Economist’s index so prescient? In essence, the index measures two categories: whether people have cause to protest, and whether the country has a protest-inclined (i.e. young) population. Yemen, with a government 32 years in power and a median age of 18, fits the bill on both counts.

Overlooked Solutions for War’s Overlooked Victims

By Jamie Attard, staff editor

“War’s overlooked victims,” as reported by The Economist on January 15, 2011 focuses on one weapon of war that has often been used with impunity throughout history. The weapon is not a knife, arrow, or stick; it is rape. The article details not only how commonly rape is used in war, but also how hard it still is to measure, document, and prevent. But rape is not an inevitable aspect of war. International organizations and national governments must take steps to ensure prevention, punishment, and the improvement of social services. While the problem may seem intractable, there are a number of concrete steps that can be taken.

Ocampo’s New Move for the ICC: Prosecuting Post-Election Violence

By Agustina Laurito, staff editor

On Wednesday December 15 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo announced that the ICC was issuing summons against six Kenyan citizens involved in the post election violence that engulfed the country during sixty days at the end of 2007 and the start of 2008. This is a bold new move for a prosecutor who has been accused of double standards against African countries, but it gains significance when put in the context of the events in Côte d’Ivoire, the many violent elections around the world, and Kenya´s future contest in 2012.