UN peacekeeping dangerously overlooks the reality that peace operations have both unintended and negative consequences. Any intervention into the politics and culture of a community is bound to create tensions between local practices and foreign peacebuilding practices.
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There is nothing sinister in the federal government’s desire to control Australia’s foreign policy. However, proposed legislation to scrutinise “arrangements” between foreign governments and Australia’s states, localities, and public universities fails to recognise the role of subnational actors in promoting economic opportunities and increasing diplomatic engagement.
Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage after attending an academic conference in Qom two years ago. Her mounting psychological distress is exacerbated by the prevalence of COVID-19, and a renewed call for action is essential.
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In the latest drama of Brexit, the British government has indicated its plans to revisit the withdrawal agreement it signed with the EU on the terms of departure. Boris Johnson's government appears to have adopted unilateralism and a "Britain First" mentality to ensure he “gets Brexit done.”
Having a chair at the UN Human Rights Council is a privilege to many countries, and Australia is the first Pacific nation to achieve this goal. However, Australia’s presence at the Council has not been matched by a resolve to eliminate domestic and international human rights abuses.