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Volume XX: Spring/Summer 2019

Full Issue PDF: Diplomacy The Future is Female, Volume XX, Number 2

Letter from the Editor

Women have traditionally been the diplomats of their families and communities, from resolving disputes between siblings to weathering food scarcity crises and other emergencies. In the past century, women’s traditional diplomatic role has finally begun to push well beyond the barriers of the home and into the international arena. Particularly since 2016, the gender equality movement has raised awareness of girls’ and women’s rights and restrictions, inspired women to charge past traditional barriers, and forged meaningful, lasting political and social change

As a result, communities, governments, and international organizations such as the United Nations and the G7 have begun to embrace the positive change the gender equality movement brings with it. Studies from NGOs, the UN, and academia have proven that a healthier, economically and politically stable world begins and ends with women’s equal participation.

In the second issue of our 20th volume, the critical diplomatic roles from grassroots advocacy to international negotiations are explored. Nahla Valji and Pablo Castillo open this issue, arguing for the importance, and ultimate necessity, of gender parity for the success of the United Nations’ peace and security efforts. This article discusses the great need for gender parity both within the UN system as well as within its advocacy on the ground. Following, Tanya Ansahta Garnett and Kari Øygard offer a case study on women’s roles in peacebuilding and civic engagement in post-conflict Liberia. They discuss whether or not women’s participation and representation is an effective strategy towards meaningful long-term change. Lina Abirafeh then examines the widespread issue of gender-based violence in the Arab region by outlining several case studies. Abirafeh then considers how it continues to withhold women’s political and legal progress in the region. Changing gears, Catherine Tinker and Renata Koch Alvarenga then survey the successes and continued drawbacks to gender equality in climate finance, offering a call to action for quicker implementation of a gender-responsive approach to mitigating the effects of climate change. Rachel Clement and Lyric Thompson conclude this issue by discussing the theory behind a feminist foreign policy and what it will take to move beyond the definition to a comprehensively feminist approach to foreign policy that is engrained in all sectors of diplomacy while also elevating traditionally unheard voices.

The Journal sincerely hopes you enjoy this issue and its amplification of the need for gender equality from grassroots advocacy to the United Nations.

Meagan Torello
Editor-in-Chief

Full Issue PDF: Diplomacy The Future is Female, Volume XX, Number 2

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Volume XX: Fall/Winter 2018

Full Text PDF: Climate Issue, XX, no. 1

Letter from the Editor

Climate change has proven to be the defining issue of the twenty-first century as temperatures continually rise, weather events become increasingly unpredictable, and sea levels threaten coastal communities. It has become the multi-headed beast the international community must learn to slay as problems perpetually emerge from the effects of advancing environmental degradation. As a result, the economic, infrastructural, and societal costs of climate change have begun to put international organizations, states, and civil society at odds.

Conflict both within and between states has shaped the dialogue surrounding climate change and how to mitigate its effects. Civil society organizations have begun to call into question just how effective the international community can be in preventing climate disaster in the near future.

In the first issue of our 20th volume, the cooperative and conflictual nature of climate change in international relations is explored. Rafael Leal-Arcas analyzes the necessity of a symbiotic relationship between bottom-up and top-down negotiations to implement clean energy consumption. Following, Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia begin this issue’s dialogue on climate change and security. Carmel Davis discusses the effects of climate change on Sub-Saharan Africa’s ability to develop and subsequently mitigate conflict. Similarly, Ziad Al Achkar outlines the economic, environmental, and security threats in the Arctic as its ice continues to melt. Zhao Ang then discusses China’s ability and incentives to pursuing a greener economy. Following, Buddikha Jayamaha, Jahara Matisek, William Reno, and Molly Jahn discuss the security and development of climate change implications in the Sahel region.

The main portion of this issue proudly concludes with the Journal’s interview with former Swiss Ambassador Therese Adam on climate change negotiations and the great potential for civil society engagement.

Following the climate change portion of this issue, we feature a special sup-topic: Africa Rising. Here, Peter Schraeder discusses the effects of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in Africa. Juan Macías-Amoretti analyzes the role of Islam in Moroccan politics, while Karim Bejjit concludes with a discussion on Morocco’s growing relationship with the AU.

The Journal sincerely hopes that you enjoy this issue and the light it sheds on the growing issues surrounding climate change in the international community.

Meagan Torello
Editor-in-Chief

Full Text PDF: Climate Issue XX, no. 1

 

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