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Tag Archives: Middle East

Representing GP and IRC in D.C.

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This past week, I took my pursuit of understanding global peace and security studies on the road. I attended, along with other UCF International Relations Club (IRC) members, the 11th annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington, D.C. The overall theme of the conference was […]

UCF’s International Relations Club Travels to Washington D.C.

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When I am not busy researching African politics and development, I spend my free time as treasurer of the International Relations Club (IRC). IRC is an organization that fosters discussion on international issues and current events, while promoting students’ academic and professional development. Last week, 15 IRC members – including Global Perspectives’ Bok Human Trafficking […]

Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

Officials Attempt to Shut Down Al Jazeera

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Leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt have sent Qatari government officials a list of 13 demands in an attempt to ameliorate the conflict in the Gulf region. One of these demands includes shutting down Al Jazeera, a state news network that the Qatari government finances. According to UN Special Rapporteur […]