As the term for the current UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders comes to an end, Open Briefing and 130 partners around the world have published a checklist for the selection and appointment of Michel Forst’s successor.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: possible major environmental disaster after Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter collide in East China Sea; Russian supreme court upholds decision to bar opposition leader Aleksei Navalny from running in presidential election in March; Syrian government forces intensify offensive on opposition-held Idlib despite agreement to maintain area as de-escalation zone; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: four UN peacekeepers killed in two separate attacks in northern Mali; political turmoil engulfs the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Trump attempts to appoint loyalist as acting director; militants kill over 300 people in bomb and gun attack on mosque in northern Sinai province; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Protests in South Africa over president’s removal of finance minister and eight other cabinet members; US president claims United States can ‘solve’ North Korea nuclear threat without help of China; United Kingdom submits letter to president of the European Council triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: South Sudan accepts deployment of UN-mandated regional force to Juba; UN official accuses Myanmar government of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya community; Russia steps up military presence on disputed Kuril Islands; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: United Kingdom begins to feel negative economic consequences of decision by small majority of British voters to leave European Union; al-Nusra Front in Syria changes name and splits from al-Qaeda; Thailand’s ruling junta cracking down on dissent ahead of scheduled constitutional referendum that could strengthen its authority; and more.
In this article, Open Briefing analyst Kevjn Lim reviews the strengths of the existing Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and its executive arm, the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as the flaws that have attended the pageant of past proliferation crises. Beyond this, in order to strengthen the NPT and the IAEA in the longer run, Lim argues for seven areas that the non-proliferation regime needs to take into account.
Political and security risk updates from Open Briefing and Bradburys Global Risk Partners. Nigerian forces on high alert following increase in frequency of Boko Haram operations in Borno State, European Union and United States impose additional sanctions on Russia, Syrian army regains control of Halfaya from al-Nusra Front, and more.