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Global Perspectives Blog

Nicole Medina

India court rules in favor of ‘third’ gender

Nicole Medina, India Fellow

The Supreme Court of India issued a verdict stating that transgender and transsexual people can now self-identify as a “third” legal gender on official documents. The National Legal Services Authority of India introduced a formal plea before the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in 2012 in order to gain support for the “hijira,” or third […]

Caroline Sutton

New OAS Chair spotlights SIDS

Caroline Sutton, Fellow, Small Countries

On April 9, Jacinth Henry-Martin assumed the position of Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the Organization of American States (OAS), where she will also serve as Chair. Henry-Martin has held various positions affording her experience in diplomacy, promoting democracy, human rights, security and development. The Ambassador used her inaugural statement as Chair to […]

Nataya Pihtayanukul

Iran’s Choice for U.N. Post Fuels Tension With U.S.

Nataya Pihtayanukul, Fellow, Diplomacy Studies

Although prospects for relations between the U.S. and Iran have appeared recently optimistic, Tehran’s appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations is a reminder that tensions still exist. According to the State Department’s spokeswoman, Marie Harf, “We’re taking a close look at the case now, and we’ve raised our serious concerns about this possible […]