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Climate Change and Arctic Security: Five Key Questions Impacting the Future of Arctic Governance

The day-to-day news cycle focuses on critically important national security issues, such as North Korea saber rattling, the ongoing Russia investigation, or whatever else happens to be the national security topic du jour. This flood of daily national security news makes it difficult to take a step back from the day-to-day news cycle and look at the broader security and geopolitical trends that are taking place—but that is exactly what climate change and its corresponding security impacts demand.…   continue »

Keeping Central American Kids Out, Continuing the Violence

A boy holds his brother in front of the shack he shares with his family in a gang-infested neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

As we process the news that President Donald Trump is ending the DACA program, we shouldn’t forget that last month, Trump sealed the fates of more than 2,700 children attempting to flee criminal violence and economic malaise in Central America.…   continue »

President Trump’s Hostility to the News Media: Reckless driving or premeditated assault?

 

On Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, held a press conference at his headquarters in Geneva, intending to focus on systematic violations of human rights taking place in Venezuela. This is what the lead UN official for human rights does – calls out governments for serious violations of fundamental rights, conducts high-level fact finding, and encourages countries to meet their international obligations.…   continue »

Nikki Haley is Wrong to Boast About Peacekeeper Budget Cuts: A View From the Central African Republic

Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, bragged on Twitter recently about cuts to UN peacekeeping funding, saying:

Haley’s ill-advised and alarming boast and promise to cut more funds is a serious risk to UN peacekeeping operations.…   continue »

International Cyber Law Politicized: The UN GGE’s Failure to Advance Cyber Norms

On June 23, after years of slow yet meaningful progress in developing State consensus regarding the application of international law norms to cyberspace, the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (otherwise known as the Group of Governmental Experts, or GGE) collapsed.…   continue »