An Overview of Controversies on Human Rights in China

Jacob Wang (PO ’21) Since the Tiananmen Square student demonstration movement in 1989, the People’s Republic of China has been repeatedly accused of violating international human rights law. The international community condemns China’s practices on two fronts: China’s restrictions on freedom of speech, religion, and political participation are seen as abuses against civil and political…

Xi Jinping’s Anti-Graft Campaign

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) China has gone through momentous changes in the past few decades, growing to become the second largest economy in the world. This progress, however, has been accompanied by political corruption, a fact acknowledged by President Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). During his past term, Xi…

A Right to Privacy for India’s 1.3 Billion Citizens

Allie Carter (CMC ’19) India’s Supreme Court asserted privacy as a basic right in August of 2017, formally joining the United States, Canada, South Africa, the European Union, and the United Kingdom in doing so. While privacy as a right does not have an explicit definition, it has generally initially applied to data protection and…

Interview with Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO World Representative to China: Part I

Interview[1] by April Xiaoyi Xu (PO ‘18), Editor-in-Chief Transcribed by Lathan Liou (PO ‘19), Kaela Cote-Stemmermann (SCR ‘18), and Annie Wan (PO ‘20), Staff Writers Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer took up his position as WHO Representative in China in September 2013. Before joining WHO in China, he served as Director for Evidence, Policy and Innovation at…

U.S. Counter-terrorism Practices and International Law

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) Following President Trump’s vow in August to loosen restrictions on counter-terrorism measures, the White House has been preparing to dismantle Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields. Specifically, national security advisers have proposed to expand kill missions by the military and the CIA from what is…

On the New Era of Diplomacy and Being in the Foreign Service: Interview with Cameron Phelps Munter

By Maïmouna Diarra (PO ’19) and Gabe Magee (PO ’20) Mr. Cameron Phelps Munter was the former U.S. ambassador to Serbia (2007-2009) and Pakistan (2010-2012), serving as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in some of the most conflict-ridden regions of the world for almost thirty years. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Munter taught…

Instructions Not Included: International Law and the Story of the Timorese State

Phoebe Alpern (PO ‘20) Against the grim track record of ethnic cleansing, sectarian violence, and unmitigated genocide that defined United Nations interventions of the 1980s and 90s, the UN mission in East Timor was a debatable success: a rapid mobilization that spawned a transparent democratic referendum, restored thousands of refugees to their homes, and embraced…