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  • July 23, 2014

    Statelessness = Invisibility in West Africa

    Statelessness can block people's ability to access health care, education or any form of social security. In the case of children who are separated from their families during emergencies, the lack of official documentation makes it much harder to reunite them, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Lack of official identification documents can mean a...

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  • July 22, 2014

    Cop Cams Go Global

    In a series of remarkable pilots from New York to Kingston and Cape Town to Nairobi, police are starting to come under intensive scrutiny. Specially developed technologies are being deployed to protect ordinary people from arbitrary arrest and extra-judicial violence. These are already showing results. But perhaps the most interesting one of all is that...

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  • July 21, 2014

    Convergent Technologies, Dual-Use Weaponry and the Global Balance of Power

    We should examine what our courses of action would be if advanced technologies do open the door to powerful new weapons systems. It is unlikely that the UN system can stem global proliferation of these new technologies and adequately monitor such activities. Some states may see this as an opportunity to acquire a strategic upgrade – seeking newer weapons...

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  • July 18, 2014

    The Everyday Politics of International Intervention

    Scholars and Practitioners regularly emphasize that one-size-fits-all peacebuilding templates are ineffective and that adapting peacebuilding programs to each individual context is crucial. Yet interveners often replicate programs from previous deployments on different continents as if they should have the same effect in their new posting. Local people...

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  • July 18, 2014

    NGOs and the Shock of the New

    The big international aid agencies have been hugely successful. Organizations that were once small civil society operations - groups of friends with a passion to make the world a better place - now have thousands of staff members, multi-storey headquarters buildings and multi-million dollar budgets. But insiders fret that they have become too big and...

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  • July 18, 2014

    Role of Media in Security Sector Reform in Africa

    Indeed there are many reasons to explain the heavy handedness of the security forces in most African states. The fact is that politicians in Africa have created situations that favor violence and civil disorder as means to seek redress for grievances intended to achieve their personal objectives, these same politicians have contributed to the weaknesses...

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  • July 17, 2014

    International Criminal Court President: 17 July - A Day to Unite in Building a More Just World

    When representatives of 120 States adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on 17 July 1998, they did so to build a more just world. Conscious that all people are connected, and that mass atrocities committed anywhere threaten the delicate mosaic of modern societies as well as world peace and security, they set up a permanent,...

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  • July 17, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Azerbaijan: Two decades after the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijanis forced to leave their original homes during the war are unable to vote in local elections.

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  • July 17, 2014

    Overfishing, Pollution, Climate Change, and Terrible Governance. Are the Oceans Failed States?

    Scientists have known for decades that the seas are in trouble. But the commission's report goes further than earlier assessments in blaming the ocean's precarious position on the lack of effective governance by international institutions. Like so many citizenries, the populations of the sea are victims of ineffectual bureaucracies. Resources are being...

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  • July 17, 2014

    Unesco Highlights Freedom of Expression, Media Development in New Report

    "Tectonic shifts" in technology are having mixed results for freedom of expression and media development - sparking unprecedented creativity and dialogue, while also ushering in increased use of censorship policies and measures that do not comply with international norms - the United Nations cultural agency reports in a study being launched today at...

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