Essays

Iranian Nationalism during the Constitutional Revolution

Written by: Ritka Lal, University of Toronto The Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1911 brought major shifts to Iranian society, the reverberations of which remain evident today. This paper examines the spaces and ways through which social […]

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The Dominant Male Perspective in Sexual Violence Laws: A Radical Femin ...

Global Issue 2019 Written by: Natasha Mouawad, American University of Beirut Introduction Jurisprudence represents a constant and sincere attempt to provide a guiding utopian vision of human existence. Despite this purported idealism, jurisprudence has been defined by […]

Why is Taiwan so important? The manipulation of nationalism in legitim ...

Global Issue 2019 Written by: Jun Tao Yeung, University of Hong Kong Introduction Since Tsai Ing-wen and the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) scored a landslide victory in the 2016 Taiwanese general election, cross-strait relations between […]

“Alleged” Genocide in Darfur: Post-9/11 Consensus Breaking and the ...

Global Issue 2019 Written by: Hanna McKinley, University of Toronto From 26 February 2003 to present, the Darfur region of Sudan has experienced a genocide during which an estimated 200,000 civilians have lost their lives.[1] The Darfur […]

Gender-Based War Crimes: Its Gradual Evolution and Future

Written by: Yi Ning Nina Lu, University of Toronto The issue of gender-based war crimes has been one that the international community has increasingly shone a light on since the Second World War. However, for such […]

Power Dynamics as an Explanation for Compliance with International Law

Written by: Boitumelo Sediti, University of Cape Town Introduction Debates around the rationale behind a state’s compliance with international law have been point of contention across a host of disciplines. While each discipline extrapolates interpretative toolkits […]

The Stalemate of Taiwan’s Democratization

Written by: Abby Chu, University of Toronto In a dramatic break from decades of diplomatic protocol, on December 2, 2018, US President-elect Donald Trump accepted a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. This seemingly innocent […]

Japanese Colonial Ideology in Korea (1905-1945)

Written by: Yi Wei, University of Toronto Japanese colonial ideology operated in Korea from the times of the Korean protectorate, in 1905, to the end of the Second World War, in 1945. Japanese colonial ideology worked […]

Private Military Security Companies Role in State Responsibility

Written by: Jordan Patel, University of Toronto It was argued in 2003, when the laws that regulated private military security companies (PMSCs) in Iraq were rather unclear (relative to the legal devices we have now) that […]

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Returning Home

Written by: Sara S. Al Aloul, American University of Beirut Abstract The impact of the Syrian crisis had not only spilled over into neighboring countries, but other continents as well. As of December 2018, according to […]

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