Every week, GPII Interns and Fellows scour the global news to write about what is happening in a specific issue area or region. Each post includes multiple sources and gives a brief recount of a timely event. Check back regularly to see what GPII Interns and Fellows have written.

A Line in the Sand: the conflict between Morocco and Algeria


The unilateral severing of Algerian and Moroccan diplomatic relations in the summer of 2021 occurred days after the President of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, declared that the diplomatic situation between the two countries would be under review (Rachidi). In reference to the declaration, Foreign Minister Ramdane Lamamra of Algeria said that the Moroccan Kingdom had been […]
Posted December 1, 2022

Close to Home: The Human Trafficking Epidemic in Baltimore, Maryland


Baltimore, Maryland, is a magnet for human trafficking due to the highways, hotels, casinos and airports that are in proximity. Additionally, the juxtaposition of severe poverty beside substantial wealth has fostered an environment allowing the human trafficking industry to prosper. A long history of racial, economic, and environmental inequality has negatively influenced Baltimore’s minority population. […]
Posted November 29, 2022

Ukraine Ballet Event


In late August, the University of Central Florida’s Global Perspectives and International Initiatives and University of Central Florida’s Arts and Humanities hosted the event “Dances and Discussion: An Evening with the Ukrainian National Ballet.” Dancers from the Ukrainian National Ballet came to UCF to perform brief exhibitions of their show and provide the audience with […]
Posted November 29, 2022

Desertification in the Middle East


Desertification is the process by which fertile becomes desert. This land degradation is typically a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate human activities and agriculture. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions are the most vulnerable places in the world to climate change, specifically desertification. Desertification plays a considerable toll on water scarcity, which […]
Posted November 29, 2022

The Seven Labors of Rostam: Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal


It is said that Rostam, among the greatest of Persian mythical heroes, was once challenged to complete seven dangerous tasks.  This effort can best be described as herculean since the similarities between the stories of Rostam and Hercules are unlikely to be mere literary coincidence; ultimately, Rostam’s adventures inspired the Persian adage “the seven labors […]
Posted November 29, 2022

How Right-Wing Extremists Influence 2022 French Political Elections


With the recent rise of far-right groups in Europe, specifically in France, it leaves immigrants and ethnic minority groups worried about their safety. To protect themselves from far-right groups and terrorist attacks, these minority groups vote in political elections for a candidate that vows to protect them. (Pascoët et al. 2022). It is important to […]
Posted November 29, 2022


The Tibet Question: Its Significance for China and the Conflict with India for Control over the Region


The U.S. military is scheduled to take part on a joint military exercise with India near its disputed border with China in the Tibetan region in October[i]. This event only tops the list of increased tensions between both powers for control over the region. In 2020, a clash between soldiers from both nations in the […]
Posted November 28, 2022

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in The Russia-Ukraine Crisis


After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, many have evacuated from their homes. According to the United Nations, as of March 18th, more than 3 million people have been forced to flee Ukraine, and there are over 1.9 million people internally displaced (United Nations Ukraine). UNICEF has estimated that more than 1.5 […]
Posted May 11, 2022

Hope for Ukraine: the Impacts of the Russo-Ukrainian War


Since January of this year, rising tensions between the Russian state and NATO allies have surged regarding Ukraine. In 2014, a Russian invasion of Crimea demonstrated that President Vladimir Putin was willing to take a military intervention, if necessary, to diminish the expansion of NATO interest in Eastern Europe (Ignatius 2022). As stated by President […]
Posted May 5, 2022

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