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Communications Intern/Freelance Journalist
What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Business, Diplomacy, Globalization, Governance, Human Rights, Justice, Peace, Security, Trade, War
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I am a journalist and editor from the UK and Austria, and recent Columbia Journalism School grad. I write about international affairs and travel and was previously a book publisher at an international law think tank in London. Special interests include Cuban baseball, international criminal law, US foreign policy, and EU affairs.

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Are We Rethinking the War on Drugs?

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

As far back as 2009, drug "czar" Gil Kerlikowske, head of the Office on National Drugs Control Policy, told the Wall Street Journal that the terminology "war on drugs" was no longer appropriate. He announced that the Obama administration's drug strategy would focus on rehabilitation,…

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Universal Jurisdiction Revisited: An alternative to the International Criminal Court?

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

On July 1, the International Criminal Court (ICC) turned ten years old. This milestone prompted much analysis and some mixed reviews of the court's performance. The ICC recorded its first verdict in March 2012, but there are serious concerns about its procedure and efficiency, patchy…

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A Peaceful Planet, but Not a Happy One?

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Last week, the Global Peace Index 2012 (GPI) indicated that the world is more peaceful this year than in 2011. But how should we interpret this in light of the more sober conclusions of the latest Happy Planet Index (HPI)?

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The Global Peace Index: Can data tell us if the world is becoming more peaceful?

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

A few days ago, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker tweeted a link to the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), a metric published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, saying "the world is more peaceful in 2012." The GPI calculates peace using 23 indicators, including political terror, internal conflicts,…

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Ethics & International Affairs Volume 33.3 (Fall 2019)

The highlight of the Fall 2019 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs" is a roundtable on "Economic Sanctions and Their Consequences." Other topics include human rights and conflict resolution, Afghan attitudes toward civilian wartime harm, the role of supererogation on the battlefield, and the ethics of not-so-civil resistance.

The Climate Reality Project & Environmental Activism, with Brian Mateo

Ahead of the Climate Strike rallies on September 20, Bard College's Brian Mateo discusses the Climate Reality Project, founded by Vice President Al Gore, and how it has informed his work regarding environmental activism and education. Why has Greta Thunberg's Climate Strike been so successful? How can protests turn into concrete policies?

Transactionalism and U.S. Foreign Aid

A draft of a new presidential directive on American foreign aid suggests that transactionalism will shift from being a rhetorical device to an actual defining principle. How will the continued departure from the pre-2016 bipartisan consensus impact the foreign aid community?

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