The Sustainable Development Goals: The United Nations’ Final Frontier

The United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015. These 17 goals, which consist of 169 targets, are the UN’s attempt to address the developmental shortcomings of the world by the year 2030. In contrast to the Millennium Goals of 2000 (completed in 2015), which aimed to eradicate poverty, the SDGs focus on developing economic prosperity, establishing environmental protection, and ensuring social justice – primarily in the developing countries of the world. Now a year out from their launch, the SDGs have been scrutinized for their effectiveness and…

Germany as a Permanent U.N. Security Council Member

In May 1945, after five and a half years of global war, the Allied nations occupied a devastated Germany. Although Japan’s surrender was four months away, and America still drafted plans for a seaborne invasion of the home islands, the war’s main antagonist was destroyed. The most infamous military in human history was disbanded, the concentration camps were emptied, and after Karl Dönitz’s Flensburg government was dismissed on May 23, the fascist administration was finally swept away.  For the first time since 1939, Germany was at peace. What followed was…

The Making of a Failed State: Lessons from the “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign in Libya

Libya once stood as the triumphant case study of Western intervention in the Middle East. In the immediate wake of the military victory, war advocates pointed to the ousting of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi as proof that their war was a success. Intervention opponents were mocked as the New York Times declared that Libya should be seen as a model of success for other Arab revolutions. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were applauded as benevolent visionaries for intervening on a “purely humanitarian basis” as they…

In the CAR, the Causes Go Beyond Religion, the Implications Beyond Africa

Since the coup d’état of François Bozizé’s government by Séléka forces in March 2013, Central African Republic has descended into a state of chaos, and a far-reaching humanitarian crisis has emerged. In the early stages of the crisis the Christian population of Bangui was under attack from the mostly Muslim members of the rebel group, Séléka. In recent months, the mostly Christian members of the anti-Balaka group have forced Muslims to flee CAR in search of refuge in countries like Cameroon. This exchange of brutalities between Muslims and Christians suggests…