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Outlook 2021: The Year in Drought


Tracking the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in the year ahead.

What’s Behind the Recent Arrests of Cambodian Activists?

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Exploring the forces driving a recent crackdown against opposition figures in Cambodia.

Leadership for Thought: Non-Permanent Members Leading the Security Council through COVID-19

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Amid deadlock at the highest levels of the UN, it’s the smaller, non-permanent members of the UNSC which now have an opportunity to take a more proactive role.

COVID-19 Is a Test of Multilateralism

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And so far the United Nations Security Council has failed to rise to the challenge.

COVID-19: Time to Rethink International Peace & Security

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In a world ravaged by COVID-19, multilateralism is the only path leading back to global prosperity.

The Case for Centrism in the Post COVID-19 New Normal


Few alternatives exist for the systems that power modern human society. But that doesn’t mean these systems can’t be vastly improved in the post COVID-19 new normal.

Double-Edged Sword: Goodwill Ambassadors and the United Nations

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Goodwill ambassadors can both help and hurt the United Nation’s core peace-building mission.

International Law vs. Institutional Disarray on Palestine & Kashmir

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Some of the world’s more intractable conflicts demand a legal rather than a political solution.

COP24 Deal Celebrations to Be Short-Lived

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The COP24 agreement is being hyped as a win, but the Paris process remains woefully unfit for task in tackling global warming.

EU Counter-Terrorist Financing Initiatives: Time to Move Beyond the War on Terror

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Criminals and terrorists are evolving new ways to launder money and finance themselves. It’s time for the European Union evolve along with them.

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