Author: Jasmine Deleon

November 2020School of Diplomacy News

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Speaks on Middle East Peace Plan

On November 19, the School of Diplomacy held a discussion on the Middle East Peace Plan with Dr. Riyad Mansour, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN. Ambassador Mansour delivered remarks about the Palestinian perspective on the conflict in the Middle East and answered questions from attendees.

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December 2020International NewsAsia2020

China Pushes Borders into Areas of Bhutan, Straining Relations and Risking Dispute with India

In early October, China completed the construction of Pangda, a village of 100 people near the Torsa River in the Himalayas. Pangda is situated in Bhutan, a small Buddhist kingdom of 800,000 that borders southwest China. The construction of Pangda, as well as other Chinese territorial claims to Bhutan, adds further strain on already sensitive Sino-Bhutanese and Sino-Indian relations.

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Faculty SpotlightNovember 20202020School of Diplomacy News

Interview with Reverend Robert Chase on his Work in Fostering Interfaith Dialogues

Recently the Diplomatic Envoy had the opportunity to interview Reverend Robert Chase, a Fellow at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations Center for UN and Global Governance Studies. The interview focused on his work in fostering interfaith dialogues and his views on the role of religion in the United States 2020 presidential election.

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October 2020International News2020Middle East

Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat Receiving COVID Treatment in Jerusalem

On October 8, Saeb Erekat, a high-profile Palestinian diplomatic negotiator and Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. When his health worsened, Erekat was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, an Israeli hospital located in Jerusalem, reports Reuters.

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Alumni SpotlightOctober 20202020School of Diplomacy News

UNA-SHU Holds Prestigious Panel, Discusses UN’s 75th Year Anniversary, Proposes Solutions for The Future

On September 30, the United Nations Association at Seton Hall University (UNA-SHU) held a panel discussion to celebrate and discuss the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter. The panel consisted of His Royal Highness Prince Adnan El-Hashemite, Dr. Catherine Tinker, Rev. Robert Chase, and Dr. Mary Norton. The panelists presented different perspectives, engaged in a discussion, and answered questions about how the United Nations has impacted the international political stage over the past 75 years and how the world can move forward on its mission.

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September 2020International NewsAmericasAsia2020

Australian and American Journalists Expelled out of China in Diplomatic Standoff

In early September, Bill Birtles, an Australian foreign correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and China correspondent for ABC, was advised by Australian officials to leave China after the arrest and detention of another foreign journalist, reports The Guardian. Two days later, Beijing state security broke down his door at midnight to tell him that he was part of a national security investigation, was banned from leaving the country, and that he would be contacted the next afternoon to answer questions, reports BBC. 

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September 2020International NewsAfrica2020

Ship Crashes and Sinks in Mauritius, Spills Oil into Coral Reef

On July 25, MV Wakashio, a Japanese ship, hit a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, on its way to Brazil, according to The Washington Post. Six days later, oil began spilling into the Mahebourg Lagoon, resulting in the spillage of approximately 1,000 tons of oil into the Indian Ocean.

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