ICC Expands Focus to Environmental Cases

September 21, 2016

The Guardian reports that the International Criminal Court has issued a policy paper signaling its intent to expand prosecutions to cases involving government and private sector actors engaged in "the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources or the illegal dispossession of land."

UN Declaration Advances Global Governance of Migration

September 21, 2016

Government officials convening at a recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants adopted the New York Declaration, through which they committed to work toward a "global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration" by the year 2018 and to assist with the resettlement of all refugees as identified by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

UK Issues Veto Threat over EU Military Plans

September 21, 2016

Warning against "unnecessarily duplicating what we already have" in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has pledged to continue to halt plans for an EU "common military force" while his country remains a member of the bloc.

US Needs a New Grand Strategy to Respond to Global Jihadism

September 21, 2016

The reality of global jihadism as a military, cultural, and political phenomenon may require a decisive paradigm shift to a "grand strategy" that customizes the tactical approaches of containment and rollback to specific circumstances in order to end the influence of militant Islamism as a force in the 21st-century international order.

 

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  • Bolton: Global Governance of Internet Will Restrict Freedom

    September 23, 2016

    In a recent interview, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton warned that the transfer of control of the internet's oversight body from the US to a global governance mechanism will ultimately lead to placing decision-making on the future of the internet in the hands of the UN and giving authoritarian governments influence in restricting freedom of online expression.

     
  • Kirchner: G-20 Lacks Influence on Domestic Policies

    September 22, 2016

    An article from economist Stephen Kirchner laments that the G-20 group of countries has come to serve as an unpromising forum with little to show in the way of global governance that influences items on the domestic agendas of its members.

     
  • UN Declaration Advances Global Governance of Migration

    September 21, 2016

    Government officials convening at a recent UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants adopted the New York Declaration, through which they committed to work toward a "global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration" by the year 2018 and to assist with the resettlement of all refugees as identified by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

     
 
  • UN Pressures Polish Businesses on SDGs

    September 22, 2016

    Basing their action on the UN Environment Programme's Global Environment Outlook report, the Polish government and businesses have announced their cooperation on reducing air pollution and promoting "healthy lifestyles" in Poland to serve as a model for other European countries in implementing the UN's comprehensive "sustainable development" agenda.

     
  • Apple Pushes Suppliers on Green Energy

    September 22, 2016

    As environmental activists' pressure persuades multinational companies that it is in their interests to pursue the global climate agenda, Apple has announced that it will assist, financially and otherwise, suppliers of its products in finding ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

     
  • ICC Expands Focus to Environmental Cases

    September 21, 2016

    The Guardian reports that the International Criminal Court has issued a policy paper signaling its intent to expand prosecutions to cases involving government and private sector actors engaged in "the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources or the illegal dispossession of land."

     
 
  • Hungary Mulls Push for EU Treaty Change on Migration

    September 23, 2016

    As the Hungarian government faces pressure to take back asylum seekers who passed through the country on their way to other EU destinations, Hungarian daily Nepszabadsag reports that the government is considering pushing for treaty changes to exempt national migration rules from common EU policies after the country's referendum on EU migration rules in October.

     
  • ECJ Adviser Finds Insufficient Support for Terror Sanctions

    September 22, 2016

    Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston has advised the ECJ that the EU's listing of the organizations Hamas and the Tamil Tigers as terrorist groups subject to sanctions are invalid because their inclusion was based on "facts and evidence found in press articles and information from the internet."

     
  • Switzerland Advances Compromise Law on EU Migration

    September 22, 2016

    Reuters reports that the Swiss Parliament has advanced legislation that would seek to pacify Swiss citizens who voted in a 2014 referendum to impose quotas on migrants from EU countries by requiring companies to first consider locals for job openings before looking outside the country.

     
 
  • "Lone Wolf" Moniker Misunderstands Threat of Islamist Radicalization

    September 23, 2016

    Matthew Levitt writes that US government authorities investigating the recent bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey as acts of a "lone wolf" terrorist inspired by Islamic State recruitment techniques on social media are minimizing the security threats from the full spectrum of recruitment networks and radicalization tools used by Islamist terror groups around the world.

     
  • Boko Haram Drives Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria

    September 23, 2016

    Boko Haram's years-long guerrilla war to make Nigeria a sharia state has generated a massive domestic humanitarian and refugee crisis that, along with spillover effects from the jihadi war into neighboring countries, is causing a pervasive destabilization of the security environment throughout Africa.

     
  • Boko Haram Killing Spree Targets Civilians and Military Personnel

    September 23, 2016

    Boko Haram jihadists carried out a series of lethal assaults this week that included the murder of Nigerian Christians returning from a church service, a village attack that included civilian beheadings, and an ambush of a military convoy related to government counter-insurgency efforts.