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· June, 2021

Stories about International Relations from June, 2021

UNESCO proposes listing World Heritage Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’

The fairness of the diplomatic process are irrelevant to the wider context of the reef’s 'in danger' listing. Australia risks being labelled an international climate change pariah.

Yemen stalemate deepening its long-ignored human rights crisis

All parties are hostile to human rights and “show no regard to international law or the lives, dignity and rights of the people of Yemen ... ”

To save its economy, can Tunisia reform its oversized public sector?

“These past 10 post-revolution years, romanticised by the West, have solidified for us as more misery and living with the failing of state’s institutions."

Size matters: US donation to Trinidad & Tobago sparks conversation on vaccine equity

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago's decision to tweet about its donation of 80 vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago has received severe online backlash.

In Kyrgyzstan, an ultranationalist group thrives on rising anti-Chinese sentiment

Chinese enterprises are making home for themselves in Kyrgyzstan. Some parts of the Kyrgyz population see this trend as a threat.

New report details gross violations of humanitarian law in Second Nagorno-Karabakh War

A new report details extensive violations by Armenian and Azerbaijani forces of international humanitarian law during the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, including unlawful bombing, extrajudicial killings, and torture. 

How Sinophobia is instrumentalized in Kazakhstan as a form of oppositional politics

In Kazakhstan, Sinophobia is often a tool instrumentalized by protest organizers to mobilize people as a form of criticism of governmental policies

Final verdict against war criminal Ratko Mladić brings relief, denialism, but not closure

Serbian tabloids rushed to denounce the decision as evidence of anti-Serb bias and hailed Mladic as a hero.

Germany recognizes colonial-era genocide in Namibia, but survivors say it's not enough

More than 100 years after the genocide of Namibia’s Ovaherero and Nama ethnic groups, Germany acknowledges its guilt and will fund projects in Namibia over a period of thirty years.

Belarus bans foreign travel for citizens, EU closes airspace to Belarusian flights

Most Belarusians, including many foreign residency permit holders, have been temporarily banned from going abroad, while new EU air space restrictions further narrow travel options to and from Belarus.

Belt and Road Initiative projects ramp up Nigeria’s favourable perception of China

The BRI initiative enjoys a favourable perception because Nigeria has an infrastructure deficit that China is correcting. This programme will endure for some time in Nigeria. 

How the lack of Brazilian correspondents in China affects perceptions of both countries

Journalists Marcelo Ninio and Talita Fernandes discuss Brazilian perspectives on China.

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