October 2017

Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
António Guterres, the UN secretary-general

Guterres’s Grand Plan to Remake the UN’s Peace and Security ‘Pillar’

Considerable restructuring of the peacekeeping, political affairs and peace-building departments of the United Nations is being proposed by Secretary-General António Guterres as he continues to embark on reforming the world body, which contends with increasingly complex crises and conflicts each year. In a 16-page document obtained by PassBlue and to be submitted soon to the UN’s 193 …

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Where the Hungriest People in the World Live

The 2017 Global Hunger Index produced many sadly predictable findings but also worrying surprises. The report’s subtitle, “The Inequalities of Hunger,” suggests a reason. Naomi Hossain, the guest author of the report, looks at the power structures that can dictate every step of a food chain. “In food systems, power is exercised in a variety …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Photo of Janet Benshoof, a lawyer-activist, leads the Global Justice Center in New York.

Janet Benshoof, Legal Activist, Seeks Help for Burma Through the Global Court

Burma has long been a unique country not only for its otherworldly landscape of pagodas and gold-topped stupas but also, paradoxically, as an isolated country where a nationalistic military has given itself extraordinary constitutional powers. Generals, who have warped the country’s Buddhist heritage over half a century, can now attack the Muslim-majority Rohingya people with …

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Women Break the Ice for Peace in Guinea-Bissau

Since attaining independence from Portugal, in 1973, Guinea-Bissau has had almost a dozen presidents, none of whom has managed to finish his mandate. Recurring coups, assassinations and political turmoil at the elite level have contributed to a landscape of instability and underdevelopment and vulnerability to organized crime, especially the illegal drug trade. However, unlike some …

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