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.

Triple Disaster Retrospective: Tepco Executives Acquitted

On January 18th this year, the Tokyo High Court upheld the acquittal of three former Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) executives. Tepco Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, alongside former vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro and Sakae Muto were found not guilty of manslaughter or negligence as it relates to Japan’s “Triple Disaster” of 2011 (ABC). The Triple Disaster […]
Posted February 13, 2023

Memory, Accountability, Action: German Bundestag Recognizes the Yezidi Genocide

Eight years after the initial onslaught, the Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, recognized the 2014 massacres against northern Iraq’s Yezidi community by the Islamic State, also known as Da’esh, as a genocide. Hosting the largest Yezidi diaspora outside of Iraq (150,000), Germany joins the 18 governments and international bodies that officially recognize the scale of the […]
Posted February 13, 2023

Double Earthquakes Devastate Türkiye and Syria

Yesterday, southern Türkiye (Turkey) and northern Syria experienced one of the most significant earthquakes ever recorded in their respective histories. According to the US Geological Survey, the first tremor occurred at 04:17 a.m. local time near Gaziantep at a depth of 17.9 kilometers and measured 7.8 on the Richter scale (BBC). Around 1:24 p.m., twelve […]
Posted February 6, 2023

Russian Cultural Annexation of Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine have entered into their sixth month of armed conflict. After invading Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, Russia forced Ukrainian forces out of all of the Luhansk region and the majority of the Donbas region[i]. In March, Russia redefined its military objective to liberate the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces instead of the entirety […]
Posted January 4, 2023

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

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