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Understanding the DRC’s Presidential Elections

DRC election results show one of the greatest challenges for the international community, supporting a faltering democracy while expressing concern over potentially inaccurate election results.

Should the Caribbean Replicate Latin America’s Migration Policies?

Venezuelan migration continues to flow throughout the region and must be addressed by the hemisphere, but Caribbean policies toward these migrants aren't currently up to the task.

The Forced Migration Of The Venezuelans: A Humanitarian Disaster

Oil price volatility transfers to social and political volatility in states which rely on hydrocarbons to power their economy. Venezuela is a cautionary tale of how wrong this can go.

The EU’s Second Chance to Fix Asylum Policy: How Third-country Agreements Create the Opportunity for Change

Agreements with third-countries aimed at discouraging the flow of asylum seekers into Europe are as necessary as they are flawed. The EU now has the opportunity to bring asylum policy exclusively into its own realm of governance, and address the shortcomings in the third-country agreements.

Taiwan’s Inexorable Drift from China

While China aggressively pushes for Taiwan to reunify under China, Taiwanese identity continues to decouple from Chinese identity.

The Estrada Doctrine’s Illusion of Neutrality: How Venezuela’s Crisis Became Mexico’s Missed Opportunity

Mexico's reversion to the Estrada Doctrine of neutrality is an ethical and strategic mistake, which has resulted in a major missed opportunity for Mexico to take on the mantle of regional leadership.

Facial Recognition Systems: A Tool to Combat Human Trafficking?

Walk through almost any neighborhood in Manhattan and law enforcement can trace your path, tracking your movements on the 8,000-plus cameras that blanket the city. Attend an event at Madison Square Garden and building security—and advertisers—will rely on facial-recognition technology to track attendance and prevent people believed to be threats from entering the building. Fly…

The United States and Saudi Arabia: Is Partnership Necessary?

Jamal Khashoggi’s death has called into question the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When a Saudi critic and lawful permanent resident of the United States is murdered, apparently at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Americans will naturally wonder whether an ostensible U.S. ally really should…

Walled Gardens: Google’s Misstep Highlights Threats to Internet Freedom

On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai found himself testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Subjects discussed ranged from artificial intelligence to political bias to manipulation of search results. Project DragonFly was also on the table, though Pichai was quick to dismiss the endeavor. He told the committee that Google has…

Syrian Women and the Peace Process: An Argument for Inclusion

How lessons learned from Bosnia’s post-conflict reconstruction can be applied to Syria

Book Review: Everything You Have Told Me is True

Everything You Have Told Me is True brings an updated in-country perspective to the shadowy role of Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, in Somalia. From Mogadishu to London, and through interviews with refugees and terrorists alike, she explores al-Shabaab’s immense resilience, begging the question: is al-Shabaab here to stay?

A Failed Multilateral Consensus on Women, Peace, and Security

NATO is now five years out from the institution of its women, peace, and security action plan. How has the trans-Atlantic treaty organization pursued the WPS agenda, and what shortcomings still remain?

Beyond Migration: Humanitarian Assistance to the Northern Triangle

President Trump has tied humanitarian aid to migration outcomes in the Northern Triangle, yet foreign assistance affects underlying causes of migration to the United States. More importantly, predicating future aid on migration outcomes goes against fundamental humanitarian principles and US values.

ISIS Fighters Will Be Punished for Their Actions. Their Children Need Our Protection.

From repatriation, to direct services, to assurances from their home countries that they will be treated with dignity, the children of ISIS fighters can be one step closer to escaping their parents’ horrible choices with help from governments and the international community.

It May Be Too Late to Save World Cup 2022. What Can We Do to Save FIFA?

Teaser: FIFA’s organization of the World Cup, a beloved global sporting event, masks an apparent lack of concern for human rights in the countries it partners with. How can the international community take action?

Q&A – “Science Diplomats Bring a Gender Perspective to Science Diplomacy”

Charged Affairs editor Mercedes Yanora spoke with four "science diplomats" about the importance of science diplomacy in foreign policy, and the need for greater gender representation in the field.

No Woman Entrepreneur Left Behind

Investing in economic empowerment for all women – regardless of color – will not only give women the ability to participate equally, it will also drive US economic growth. Choosing to preserve the status quo will result in a $4.4 trillion missed opportunity.

Women’s Participation is Crucial to the Success of the Afghan Peace Process

The Taliban’s inconsistent stance on women's rights, and the near-sighted goal of a quick exit by the current US administration are going to hamper the nature of the peace agreement in Afghanistan.

Can the U.S. Senate Reshape the Yemen War

As the Trump Administration has been unwilling to confront Saudi Arabia over Yemen, Congress should step in. The Senate has made the first move, but the House must follow suit to show the world US foreign policy is anchored in its human rights ideals.

France’s Multicultural Challenge

French internal policies must change to help forge a new multicultural France, where immigrants can celebrate their heritage, practice the religion of their choosing and still be French.