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November 21, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Amnesty International and Hamas

The current conflict between Hamas (and other terrorist groups) and Israel has brought out the worst  in Amnesty International. Amnesty has taken a position that can only be called anti-Israel, treat…

October 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
New amnesty International Report Profiles Nigeria Police Abuse

On September 21, 2016, Amnesty International (UK) issued a report profiling human rights abuses by Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The elite police unit was established to respond to a s…

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October 4, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Amnesty International on Student and Teacher Killings in Northern Nigeria

The horror of student and teacher killings in Nigeria is amplified by Amnesty International’s almost clinical recounting and enumerating of their deaths at the hands of radical jihadists. Its report,…

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May 28, 2015

Israel
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Question of Hamas, Gaza, and Israel

Amnesty International has just issued a report on human rights violations by Hamas in Gaza during last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel.  It has garnered a great deal of attention, in part be…

June 4, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Amnesty International Calls for International Criminal Court Prosecution of Nigerian Military

In a long expected report, Amnesty International has claimed that the Nigerian security services have detained 20,000 men and boys since 2009 and that 7,000 of those detainees died in detention under…

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June 11, 2019

Sudan
Sudanese Opposition Needs Stronger International Support

The news out of Sudan, so recently full of fragile hope, is now deeply troubling. For over a week, the Transitional Military Council, or TMC, has been violently suppressing the very protestors whose bravery and persistence created the conditions for the security services to seize power from disgraced former President Omar al-Bashir. Over a hundred civilians have been killed, many more wounded, and the façade of shared goals and commitment to reform between citizens and security elites irreparably broken. 

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May 20, 2019

Space
A New Space Age Demands International Cooperation, Not Competition or Dominance

The United States should work with partners abroad to reduce orbital congestion, resolve ambiguities surrounding space resource utilization, and defend the planet against asteroids and other space ob…

The Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset as seen from the International Space Station on December 14, 2014.

May 14, 2019

Global Governance
Don’t Show the Parents: The 2018–2019 Report Card on International Cooperation

How did world leaders do in managing global challenges in 2018? Experts from twenty-eight think tanks around the world grade international cooperation a middling C.

A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi on October 29, 2018

April 15, 2019

World Order
Was the Liberal International Order All That?

The liberal international order has had its fair share of shortcomings, but the peace and prosperity it has engendered are not fictitious.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan of Ghana is flanked by U.S. and UN flags as he delivers the Masachusetts Institute of Technology's 1997 commencement address on June 6.

May 7, 2019

International Law
Four Challenges for International Law and Cyberspace: Sartre, Baby Carriages, Horses, and Simon & Garfunkel Part 2

For years states and scholars have struggled with questions of when and how international law applies to cyberspace. The final post in the two-part series will provide imagery to help grapple with th…

Members of the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., February 24, 2018.