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19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

10 Mar 2017 description

by Els Debuf

A suicide bomb killed at least 20 in Kabul earlier this month, just as the United Nations reported a marked rise in the number of children dying in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict during 2016.

Mark Bowden, the United Nations humanitarian aid coordinator in the country, said the level of civilian casualties in Afghanistan was unlike anywhere else in the world outside Syria.

09 Dec 2016 description

Pakistan, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, remains one of the world’s three polio-endemic countries. While the circumstances vary from one to another, the primary reason why these three have been unable to eliminate the virus is their shared lack of blanket vaccination coverage. According to Elias Durry, the World Health Organization’s chief expert on tackling polio, there is little to no hope of eradication without progress in this area.

26 Oct 2016 description

It has been a difficult year for the global campaign to eradicate polio. In August, two new wild polio cases were reported in Nigeria, which accounted for half of the global count in 2012 yet had not recorded a single wild polio incident since July 2014. It was a year away from being certified polio-free by the World Health Organization.

24 Oct 2016 description

It has been a difficult year for the global campaign to eradicate polio. In August, two new wild polio cases were reported in Nigeria, which accounted for half of the global count in 2012 yet had not recorded a single wild polio incident since July 2014. It was a year away from being certified polio-free by the World Health Organization.

22 Feb 2016 description

February 22, 2016 by Margaret Williams

With 1.8 billion of the world’s people aged between 10 and 24, youth are increasingly seen as crucial agents of peacebuilding. In December 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2250, a landmark document highlighting this connection and urging member states to increase youth representation at all levels of decision-making.

15 Jan 2016 description

January 15, 2016, by Suparva Narasimhaiah

Kabul has enjoyed a period of relative calm and stability this week, in stark contrast to the offensive launched by the Taliban in the capital and across Afghanistan since early 2015, which highlighted the government’s fragile hold on the country. Discussions on January 11th in Islamabad aimed to chart a course to draw the Taliban back into negotiations on a peace process, with continued momentum critical to ensuring survival of the country’s post-2001 order.

18 Oct 2012 description

A 14-year old girl was shot in the head in Pakistan’s Swat Valley last week in retaliation for speaking out against the Taliban’s ban on girl’s education. It now seems Malala Yousafzai will survive, but the story of her attack provoked outrage around the world. How can such a despicable attack be condemned using the “ammunition” of international law? What relevant UN resolutions apply in this case? And how does this compare to previous Taliban actions against girls in Pakistan?

16 Oct 2012 description

World Polio Day is on October 24, and we are closer than ever to eradicating this life threatening and crippling disease. The number of cases is at a historic low. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that no child has to suffer from it again.

30 Nov 2011 description

Chris Perry

By 2050, 25 million to 1 billion people are expected to be migrating due to environmental factors. Though examining linkages between environmental conditions and migration have been on the international agenda at least since 1992, only in recent years have they become better understood. It is clear today that the environment and environmental change impact migration. They do this by influencing the socioeconomic, political, and cultural drivers that lead people to move.