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Citizen Diplomacy to the UN: an Interview with Patrick Sciarratta

“(Your) mission is so important, and… you are accomplishing remarkable things. Best wishes to you and everyone at the foundation!”  President William Jefferson Clinton for Patrick Sciarratta. Patrick has gone through a fantastic life path: from a simple student and the creator of a rock band back in 1969 to a famous person and leader […]

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The Evolution of Consulate Diplomacy and International Law

Humans, by nature, have always felt the need to communicate. This started with the need to communicate with those in the local vicinity, which then progressed to those in neighbouring regions. And as humans came together and formed groups, societies grew over time and nation-states developed. As these nations became gradually more sophisticated, they needed […]

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South Sudan’s Seemingly Unending War

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 to become an independent, sovereign nation. However two years later, in December 2013, disagreements between two former rebel leaders Riek Machar and President Salvar Kirr plunged the nation into what would become a seemingly unending civil war. South Sudan has two main sides of political divide: SPLM, […]

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The Failure of an International Commitment to Human Rights

Middle Eastern political analyst Emile Hokayem recently tweeted “Being from, caring about and working on the Middle East is an endless heartbreak,” in reference to reports of the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. When I first learned that a player in the Syrian conflict, presumably the Assad government, orchestrated […]

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Mattis Visits Southeast Asia: Strengthening the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Last year U.S. President Donald Trump has frequently stated the term “free and open Indo-Pacific” during his Asia voyage, as this month U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has visited Southeast Asia to Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to reach a consensus in defense issues and forge strong new partnerships. The Indo-Pacific policy aims to […]

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Palestinians have the legal right to resist

Resistance is not terrorism. South Africans resisting apartheid were not considered “terrorists” by the international community, nor were Indians practicing nonviolent civil disobedience against the British. But an occupying power will always try to discredit their opponents, as seen in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians who resist an unbearable occupation are branded “terrorists”, arrested and demonized […]

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Saudi Arabia, the US, and Violations of International Law

A picture is really worth a thousand words. When the picture of little Omran Daqneesh, the boy covered in dust and rubble sitting in the back of an ambulance after being rescued from his house in Aleppo, Syria, after it was hit by an airstrike, went viral, the world was suddenly made aware of the […]