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    The nerve agent, Novichok, used to attack a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury is similar to substances such as soman or sarin used to produce chemical weapons. International law bans chemical weapons through the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, which requires its 192 state signatories to refrain from using, producing and stockpiling them. ...
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    Humanitarian catastrophes in Somalia in 1993, in Rwanda in 1994 and in Srebrenica in 1995 indicates a turning point at international relations. Those grave atrocities has paved the way for United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/1 (A/RES/60/1), adopted in 2005 regarding the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). R2P represent three pillars—the responsibility to prevent, to ...
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    By Zihang Liu* With the precarious situation unfolding in the South China Sea and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands over the past several months, the world’s attention has been drawn to China’s pivotal role of maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific region. As China’s economic and political influence has grown in the past few decades, scholars have been analyzing ...
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    by Ellen R. Wald* Last June, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq set September 25 as the date for a referendum on Kurdish independence. At the time, the decision received almost no notice. Now, with September 25 less than a week away, the Iraqi government in Baghdad is scrambling to prevent the vote ...
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    The United Nations Security Council on Thursday (September 21) approved the creation of a U.N. investigative team to collect, preserve and store evidence in Iraq of acts by Islamic State that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide. The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to establish an investigative team to help Iraq secure ...
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    By Joseph Dethomas, On Monday evening, the United Nations Security Council quickly and unanimously passed another sanctions resolution against North Korea in a rapid response to its sixth—and strongest—nuclear weapons test just days earlier. In the context of past international sanctions and diplomatic actions in dealing with the North Korean nuclear and missile programs one could ...
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