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.

U.S.-Canada Border to Close Amid Virus Crisis


On Wednesday, the United States and Canada agreed to close its 5,500-mile border to nonessential travel in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (WP). The border closure will effectively halt tourism and family visits but will remain open for trade and trucking (AP).The two countries rely heavily on each other, with nearly 200,000 […]
Posted March 20, 2020


Coronavirus Fears Hit Africa


Despite not having any confirmed cases on the continent many fear Coronavirus is coming to the shores of Africa. With between 200,000-2,000,000 Chinese currently living in Africa and still many others entering the continent, global health officials feel the virus may be coming soon (Washington Post). In preparation for this, many countries have begun increasing […]
Posted February 17, 2020

Nuns March to Fight Human Trafficking


This year’s World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking saw nuns and lay people marching in the streets of Rome to St. Peter’s Square. Pope Francis stated that fighting the very real plague of human trafficking requires a unified commitment (AP). According to the Pope, the issue is “a global phenomenon that […]
Posted February 17, 2020

Antarctic Base Reaches Record Temperatures, Impacts Penguin Population


A research base in the Antarctic has recorded the hottest temperature ever for the continent amid rising concern about global warming (Reuters 1). World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman, Clare Nullis, said the Esperanza base recorded 18.3 degrees topping the former record of 17.5 degrees tallied in March 2015 (AP 1). The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says […]
Posted February 17, 2020

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