Monthly Archives: December 2013

TTIP – Too Important to Fail or Too Large to Succeed?

Representatives of the world’s two largest economies, the European Union (EU) and the United States, met December 16th for the third round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Much is at stake with the transatlantic free … Continue reading

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Why the Central African Republic Needs a Robust UN Peace Operation

When the UN Security Council adopted its latest resolution on the Central African Republic (CAR), it authorized an African Union (AU)-led peacekeeping force to quell the spreading violence, and mandated an independent French operation to support the AU mission. Resolution … Continue reading

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What Seeds Have Been Sown? Assessing the Impending Atrocities in the Central African Republic

Citing the total disorder of the Central African Republic (CAR), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated in late November of this year that the country is “on the verge of genocide.” Already, over 600 people have been killed directly because … Continue reading

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Focus Week: Crisis in the Central African Republic

The current situation in the Central African Republic has been called many things over the past months, most prominently the “worst crisis most people have never heard of” by US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. And indeed, since … Continue reading

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Human Rights vs. Conflict Resolution: Different Perspectives on “Doing Good”

Posts on The Global Present will sometimes focus on international and intranational conflicts that affect the human rights of individuals on the ground. When these conflicts erupt, a plethora of individuals, groups, NGOs, governments, and intergovernmental organizations sometimes choose to involve themselves one way or another. Even authors from this blog will, from time to time, offer commentary and suggestions. There are many lenses with which one can view a given conflict and oftentimes the prescriptions given vary greatly depending on how a conflict is viewed. Continue reading

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