Africa has been one of the regions with the highest conflict rates. By joining the United Nations’ Peace keeping operations UNPKO, China has been helping the UNPKO in addressing international peace and security-related matters. Read more »
Peacekeeping has been defined by the United Nations (UN) as creating conditions for sustainable temporary or lasting peace in areas and countries which has been torn apart by war and conflict (Agubamah, 2014). The peace-keeping operations follow the mandate of the United Nations and also work in consent with the conflicting parties. Historically speaking, the peacekeeping activities was carried out by the United Nations for the first time during the Cold War to keep peace between conflicting countries by sending unarmed or light military troops under the UN command. Read more »
Earlier this month Obama-led America shocked the world with the removal of economic sanctions against Iran, ending a 36-year old feud between the two nations. What started as a diplomatic failure on the part of Iran in 1979 quickly spiraled out of control after Iran announced its plans to become a nuclear power with the construction of uranium-enrichment centrifuges in secret facilities throughout the 1980s (USIP, n.d.).
During the World War II, August of 1945, the United States of America dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which are in Japan (Shuk-ting and Qiu 2013). These were the first and only atomic bombs to have ever been used in a war. Read more »
The downfall of the Soviet Union in December 1991 drew the curtain from a bipolar world dominated by the former and the U.S. for nearly half century and led to rise of speculations regarding the next likely world order. Robert Gates (1992), former Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) opined that a more unstable, turbulent, unpredictable and violent era prevailed after the demise of the Cold War and Soviet Union. Read more »
Bangladesh emerged as an outcome of “Bengali Nationalism”, formed to overthrow the hegemony of West Pakistan and to end the latter’s attempt of economic exploitation, religious regression and dominance over the “Political Voice” of the former. The crux of the national movement leading to its separation from Pakistan was the restoration of their lost glory and implementation of secularism, socialism and democracy as the state’s ideology, restricting religion to private sphere. Read more »
India in the month of April 2015 announced that it would buy $280 million worth of Uranium from Canada over a span of 5 years, thus ending a 40-year silent enmity they shared. The enmity was over India’s unwarranted use of Canadian technology to build nuclear weapons, which didn’t go down well with the Canadians. Read more »