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The UK-Rwanda Agreement: Exporting Asylum

In 1951, the United Kingdom signed the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; almost 68 years later to the date, it abrogated the human rights obligations enshrined in that same document. The...

Emerging markets and the hiking cycle: this time, really, it may be different

Given that more than fifteen years have passed since the last meaningful global tightening cycle, we believe it is pertinent to look at the emerging markets today and ascertain how the changes in...

Eastern Europe’s Melting Pot: How Warsaw Became the Conduit for Spreading Western Values in the Post-Soviet World

This article is part of the Urbanization and International Affairs collection, featured in print issue 74.1 (May 2022). IntroductionJohn F. Kennedy famously described West Berlin as “an island of...

Reshaping the Urban-Rural Divide in the 21st Century: Shifts in the Geographies of Urban-Based Livelihoods

This piece is published in volume 71, issue 1, "Urbanization in International Affairs," appearing in print in May 2022. In the 20th century, the urban-rural divide drove urbanization in much of the...

Realigning the Governance Architecture After COVID-19: City Diplomacy and Multilateral Institutions

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has led governments at all levels into intense fiscal stress and reports of significant drops in their respective economies. International organizations including...

Upholding Rights In Political Turbulence: Challenges and Opportunities for the U.N. Special Procedure on the Human Rights Situation in Post-Coup Myanmar

  The Special Procedure on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar (also called the Myanmar Mandate), created by the Commission on Human Rights resolution E/CN4/1992/58 in 1992, is among the...

Why Protests Matter: The Battle Between Authoritarianism and Democracy, a War We Must Win

Silence and inaction are a choice. It has been more than a decade since the 2009 protests in Iran, in which the people rose up and voted to shake off the oppressive bonds of Islamic theocracy and...

To Lead or Not to Lead: Campus Standoff in Hong Kong's Water Movement

Abstract: Hong Kong’s 2019–20 Water Movement has two distinctive features, expressed in Cantonese as “no main stage” (leaderless) and “no mat-cutting” (do not split). Drawing on original sources and...

Extractive Conflicts in the Developing World

Abstract: This paper examines the rise of conflicts over the extraction of natural resources in the developing world. It  emphasizes  the  main factors that motivate collective action...

The Role of the State: Pathways from Ethnolinguistic Nationalism to Conflict in South Asia

Abstract: In the decade following independence, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka all saw ethnic protests as a result of nationalist language policies. The outcomes of these protests varied from...

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