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April 9th, 2015

Canada’s Role in the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Aiding the EU in the Mediterranean

Chad Rickaby, Blog Writer

The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly. Antonio Guiterres, the second term High Commissioner, has stated that the situation in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since the Rwandan genocide. The resulting refugee crisis is a tragic humanitarian disaster that should be considered of direct concern to the global community. Calls by the Commissioner, “to keep borders open and receive all Syrians who seek protection,” need to be recognized by the global community, including Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 2nd, 2015

The Spillover Effect – Why Genocides Rarely Stay Within National Boundaries

Sho Shibata, Blog Writer

A standard approach to preventing genocide emphasizes understanding the causes that culminate in such violence. The origins of such mass, systemic violence can often be linked to phenomena such as Civil War and ethnic tension among different groups. However, we must be mindful that attributing a single event as the catalyst to such large scale violence can limit our scope of analysis and overall understanding. The spillover effect offers some insight as to why ending genocide is often a prolonged process. Then remains the question of how to respond, and if it is even appropriate to respond at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 17th, 2015

Financing the Syrian Civil War

Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer

Syria’s civil war has now entered its fourth year with the civilian death toll rising by the day. According to estimates, over 200,000 people have died and millions have been displaced by the ongoing conflict. The UN estimates that more than 12.2 million Syrians are in urgent need of assistance. Despite these alarming facts, the international community has yet to step up and provide meaningful political assistance along with essential humanitarian aid. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 10th, 2015

IGAD Peace Talks Undermined by Leaked Draft of AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan

Solaye Snider, Blog Writer

While South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar struggle to negotiate the terms of a peace deal and unity government in Addis Ababa this week, a leaked draft of the African Union’s Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) threatens to further destabilize negotiations, casting doubt on their successful resolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 10th, 2015

South Sudan Peace Process Stymied by Lack of Commitment and Outside Intervention

Evan Gray, Blog Writer

This February saw the opening of yet another round in the ongoing peace talks between rival factions of South Sudan’s governing party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The two groups, led by President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been locked in a brutal conflict for control of the world’s newest nation since Kiir’s ousting of Machar in December, 2013. Organized and mediated by the East-African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the negotiations are aimed at putting an end to this power struggle, which has acted as a catalyst for widespread ethnic violence between members of the Dinka and Nuer tribes, of whom Kiir and Machar are members. However, with the March 5th deadline imposed by IGAD already past, this “final” round of talks has still yet to produce any meaningful results. The question is, why? Read the rest of this entry »

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