The Diplomatic Envoy

Author: Shweta Parthasarathy


Colombian Presidential Election Heats Up in Final Weeks

With the first round of Colombia’s presidential elections set to take place on May 29, the stakes are rising as candidates representing vastly different views prepare to face off. Colombia experienced massive protests in 2021, according to BBC News, and this election will demonstrate the strength of opposition movements in the country. The election is currently contested among three major candidates: Gustavo Petro from the left-leaning “El Pacto Historico” coalition, Federico Gutierrez of the right-wing “Coalición Equipo por Colombia,” and an anti-corruption candidate named Rodolfo Hernandez. 

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Ecuador Requests Extradition of Former President Rafael Correa

On April 22, an Ecuadorian high court requested the extradition of former leftist President Rafael Correa from his current residence in Belgium. Correa, who has lived in Belgium since the end of his presidency in 2017, was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for the alleged acceptance of bribes to finance his political endeavors between 2012 and 2016 in exchange for state contracts worth around $7 million.

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Campus SpotlightApril 20222022School of Diplomacy News

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield Speaks at Seton Hall

On April 12, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield addressed Seton Hall University students, faculty, and alumni at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations’ first World Leaders Forum event since 2019. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s visit was an initiative of the School of Diplomacy’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Coalition. She discussed a range of topics, including the Ukraine-Russia conflict, vaccine inequality, climate change, women’s leadership, and her experiences in the Foreign Service. 

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April 20222022International News

Ketanji Brown-Jackson Confirmed as First Black Female U.S. Supreme Court Justice

On April 7, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. According to NBC News, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman and first public defender to be nominated and confirmed for a seat on the country’s highest court. She will take office in October 2022 following Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement at the end of the current Supreme Court term. 

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Kashmiri Women: More Than Mere Collateral Damage in the India-Pakistan Conflict

Both India and Pakistan have characterized the residents of Kashmir as pawns in their never-ending political and religious games of chess. Kashmiri women, in particular, bear the brunt of the conflict’s consequences. Among other things, they are subjected to sexual violence with little recourse for justice, and the battle for national and religious superiority in the region only worsens the physical impact on women.

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October 2021Faculty SpotlightSchool of Diplomacy News

Profile: Dr. Emelia Timpo, UN Expert and Sergio Vieria de Mello Visiting Chair

Dr. Emelia Timpo, an expert in development with years of experience in the United Nations, joined Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations as the Sergio Vieira de Mello Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy for the Fall 2021 semester.

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2021May 2021International NewsMiddle East

Hospital Fire Kills 82 People in Baghdad

A massive fire at a hospital in Baghdad injured 110 people and killed more than 80 as officials  are still searching for missing people. An exploding oxygen cylinder started the fire at the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital, an institution dedicated to serving COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms, reports The Associated Press.

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2021April 2021International NewsAsia

51 Killed in Taiwanese Train Accident

An eight-car passenger train in Eastern Taiwan derailed on April 3, killing at least 50, including the train driver and a French citizen, and injuring hundreds. The Taitung-bound train was north of Hualien when it derailed in a tunnel, which caused further damage as the cars collided with the tunnel walls, reports CNN. Authorities confirmed they removed all the passengers from the wreckage, although some of the dead have yet to be identified.

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