Rape: The Greatest Weapon of War

We should be careful not to adopt the gender-biased assumptions of traditional IR theorists who systematically categorize women as the victims, and men as the perpetrators of state violence. Indeed, women can also be the perpetrators of state violence. The former Government Minister for Women and the Family, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, has for example not only facilitated the massacre of Tutsis in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, but has also ordered and directed rapes and killings with the final aim of wiping out the Tutsi population.

Girl Child Soldiers: Myths and Reality

Written by: Ilina Trendafilova, a third year International Relations student who enjoys engaging with topics related to Africa, Eastern Europe and child soldiers. The article is inspired by her dissertation on Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda.  A woman can do what a man can. We were all equal. – Sonia, Philippines[i] Ever since I was 10…

The Global War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Written by Liza Kinnear, a Russian/Scottish third year law student.  Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States, amongst other atrocious consequences, signifies a very real threat to women’s rights. I speak specifically of a woman’s right to control her own body and reproductive health. Only a few weeks into his presidency, it has…

Taiwan’s Separatist Movement: The fine line between Patriotism and Nationalism

Written by an anonymous contributor.  The ‘One China Policy’ has long been a point of contention. Yet few have overtly challenged the Asian superpower on its strategy towards Taiwan. While Beijing deems the island of Taiwan a breakaway province and nothing more, a significant portion of Taiwan’s residents aggressively reject this identity they’ve been assigned….