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A view into Gaza City, Palestine, showing destruction of structures and buildings following a summer-long battle between militants and Israeli forces

Is Israel’s Wall Corroding Peace in Gaza?

Despite the official Israeli demilitarization of the Gaza Strip in 2005, international organizations argue that Israel holds de-facto control over...

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COP21 – Insights into Climate Negotiations from Halldór Thorgeirsson

Halldór Thorgeirsson, Director for Strategy at the UN Climate Change Secretariat, shares his insights into international political negotiations, the implications of the Paris climate agreement, and why it is so important to empower cities, private companies, and consumers in an effort to limit the effects of climate change.

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The Economic Role of Refugees: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

The massive inflow of refugees in Europe has received unprecedented attention from the media, international agencies, and policymakers, and has generated an intense debate over adequate policy responses. However, refugees in Europe make up a fraction of the world’s forced migrations. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 86 percent of the world’s refugees live in developing countries, and many of those countries experienced large inflows of refugees in the past and adopted different policies with respect to them. Thus, studying past refugee experiences in the developing world might offer some lessons for the current refugee crisis in Europe.

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Why the UN Can’t Stop Civilian Slaughter

Though the perceived function of the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations is to protect civilians in conflict, it is often unable to fulfill its role in safeguarding vulnerable lives. What hinders the organization from preventing loss of civilian life, and why? Authors Bellamy and Hunt explore the expectations attached to the organization and why these expectations may not necessarily reflect reality on the ground.

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The Evolution and Challenges of UN Targeted Sanctions

In 1990, the United Nations Security Council imposed several economic sanctions on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. These measures were aimed at restoring international peace and security; however, they failed to accomplish their goals while raising political, economic, and humanitarian concerns. This was also the case with similar sanctions imposed on Haiti and former Yugoslavia. As a result, the UN’s authorities have diversified the kind of sanctions that it can impose, as well as the targets of these sanctions, to address those concerns and increase the effectiveness of its sanctions.

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Editor’s Note: Forecasting Effects of Climate Change

An introduction to a series on climate change.

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Albin Kurti, Leader of “Self Determination” Party, on the Future of Kosovo

Albin Kurti, leader of the Vetevendosje political party and movement, shares warnings about the EU’s approach to Serbia and Russia, thoughts on civil disobedience and participatory democracy, and perspective on the future of Kosovo.

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The Billion Dollar Question: Are Counter-Terrorism Efforts Effective?

A review of counter-terrorism evaluation research raises critical questions about lack of evidence for costly programs and strategies.

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The Hidden Costs of Development Aid

Researchers find World Bank development projects to be less effective in politically important yet economically unstable countries.

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Israel and the Two-State Solution: Fantasy or Reality?

John Mearsheimer discusses America’s role in the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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