Tag Archives: Global perspectives

Libya: why enforcing an arms embargo is so hard

Militants prepare their ammunition in April 2019 before joining frontline to defend Tripoli against Khalifa Haftar’s forces. EPA-EFE

Inga Kristina Trauthig, King’s College London A group of countries involved in the ongoing civil war in Libya agreed at a meeting in Berlin on January 19 to uphold a UN arms embargo and stop international meddling in the country’s conflict. Germany wants to find a way to end the ongoing conflict in Libya to prevent the North African country …

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We’re just beginning to grasp the toll of the Islamic State’s archaeological looting in Syria

A Syrian archeologist holds an artifact that was transported to Damascus for safe-keeping during the Syrian Civil War. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

A Syrian archeologist holds an artifact that was transported to Damascus for safe-keeping during the Syrian Civil War. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia; James Marrone, Johns Hopkins University; Oya Topçuoğlu, Northwestern University, and Tasha Vorderstrasse, University of Chicago The Islamic State surrendered its last scrap of territory, in Baghouz, Syria, this past March. While some argue that …

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On Yom Kippur, remembering Mosul’s rich and diverse past

A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Stephennie Mulder, University of Texas at Austin On Yom Kippur each year, as Jews around the world pray for atonement, the biblical Book of Jonah is read in its entirety. Jews recall the story of how God summons …

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What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

Amr Abdallah/Reuters

Lina Abirafeh, Lebanese American University No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United …

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Despite defeats, the Islamic State remains unbroken and defiant around the world

A group of Islamic State fighters surrender in Afghanistan. Many of their comrades are still in the fight. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images

A group of Islamic State fighters surrender in Afghanistan. Many of their comrades are still in the fight. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images Brian Glyn Williams, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth In a series of bloody campaigns from 2014 to 2019, a multinational military coalition drove the Islamic State group, often known as ISIS, out of much of the Iraqi and …

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