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Development, Peacebuilding, and the Rohingya in Myanmar

During his official visit to Myanmar in January 2017, the then British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of ‘incredible insensitivity’, for while in the Shwedagon Pagoda he suddenly started reciting from Kipling’s colonial-era poem ‘Mandalay’ in front of local dignitaries. The accompanying tense British High Commissioner had to stop him by reminding him that reciting this poem was ‘[p]robably not a good idea’. Not unlike in many postcolonial states, a bitter feeling about British colonialism is still fresh in the collective social psyche in Myanmar, and it is rather a conventional wisdom to blame colonial rule for ethnic troubles in the country. Johnson was visiting Myanmar in the aftermath of the country’s apparent transition to democracy beginning in 2011 after decades of military rule and of self-imposed isolation from global politics and economy. Following the country’s opening-up and democratic elections in 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, invited foreign investment with open arms. Investment-led economic growth is seen as the key to the country’s economic development and ethnic…

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Failure to Protect Civilians in the Context of UN Peace Operations: A Question of Accountability?

On 31 July 2018, thirty-two States asked the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres to go a step further in addressing the failures of UN peace operations to protect civilians. In particular, they stressed the importance of holding those accountable who have failed to protect civilians in line with their mission’s mandate (see Letter…

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Revising the Treaty of Guarantee for a Cyprus Settlement

On June 28th, 2017, the UN-sponsored international conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, will attempt to comprehensively settle the Cyprus Issue. The Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot delegations will be joined by the delegations of the three ‘Guarantor Powers’ (Greece, Turkey and the UK), and one from the EU as an observer, in order to discuss the issue of security and guarantees…

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Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court Authorizes Initiation of Investigation in Georgia

On 27 January 2016, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I (PTC) authorized the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into the situation in Georgia, specifically focusing on allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity during and in the immediate aftermath of the August 2008 armed conflict. In the…

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UN Peace Operations: Tracking the Shift from Peacekeeping to Peace Enforcement and State-Building

On June 16, the UN secretary General’s High-Level Independent Panel released its eagerly awaited review of UN-mandated peacekeeping: ‘Uniting our Strengths for Peace’. A comprehensive assessment of the UN’s evolving role in conflict management and a detailed set of reforms to its peacekeeping architecture, the report has already generated thoughtful analysis, with many observers highlighting the…

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