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The micro-impact of microcredit

In discussions of international development, microcredit is viewed as a silver bullet. It ticks all the right boxes – microcredit keeps money in the communities, it empowers individuals to create their own income and become independent of handouts, and it places women at the forefront of the development agenda. The benefits of microcredit are often …

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Should Libya be admissible to the ICC?

The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 with the underlying function of punishing the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. The ICC is designed to end impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The ICC is investigating situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, …

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The Millennium Development Goals: Two years to go, can we get there?

The foundation and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 gave hope to developing nations collapsing under the burden of poverty. The MDGs provided a framework and direction to address widespread development issues. Garnering international support, the MDGs generated excitement about the prospects for the 21st century. Both developed and developing states committed …

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Sovereignty Defined

Despite frequent predictions of its demise, and criticisms of inherent inadequacies, sovereignty remains a fundamental feature of statehood and the preeminent organisational mechanism of the modern international system. Recent decades have seen a slew of national independence movements and former colonies striving for sovereign statehood, with almost two hundred sovereign states spanning the globe today. …

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Poverty Traps in Australia

Poverty traps are situations where an impoverished individual finds it difficult to escape poverty due to factors outside of their control. The discussion of this phenomenon is usually focussed on the entrenched poverty in developing countries. One would not think Australia, a prosperous and developed country, could have issues that entrench poverty and prevent people …

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The Perfect Storm: Yemen, Shadow Networks and Jihad’s New Vanguard

Terrorism, like a lethal disease, is prone to adaptation and evolution to survive any remedy devised to combat the threat. There in lies the predicament, what becomes of the host when the disease is too virulent to be remedied by modern medicine? The host, in the absence of some kind of mitigation, would usually die. …