Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real – Why did Colombia’s peace deal fail?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. In this blog, Babithan Baskararajah discusses Colombia’s path to peace and whether it is realistic to assume or want foreign assistance. The current Colombian conflict is historically known as La Violencia, which was provoked by the assassination of the popular politician Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. Although the Colombians that demanded justice had won, the possibility of peace succeeding was impossible and this was especially due to the lack of accountability, transparency, and reconciliation existing between FARC rebels and the civilians.  When the Colombian peace agreement referendum failed on Oct. 2, it raised questions about why the majority (50.2 per cent) would […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real – Will U.S. presidential candidates actually help resettle refugees?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. In this blog, Tania Gomes looks into whether the United States presidential candidates will stick to their views on the refugee crisis, and if the crisis is even on the agenda at all. In light of the 2016 U.S. election, the refugee issue has been the centre of both parties’ policy platforms. The Republicans, led by Donald Trump, continuously affirm that a migration increase from the Middle East would be a national security threat. The Democrats, represented by Hillary Clinton, insist that they will improve the country’s current policies and commitment to refugee resettlement. I don’t think it matters who […]

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