• Mackenzie Gunther

    Mackenzie is from Vancouver but grew up in Asia. She is currently in her last year of a B.A. in International Relations at the University of British Columbia and hopes to pursue a Master’s in Global Affairs. Her interests include Canadian foreign policy, diplomacy, and international development. In her free time, you can find Mackenzie reading, snowboarding, or baking!

    Impacts of the US-Afghan Peace Talks on the Local Population

    While coverage of current events is common amongst major news sites, the media tends to ignore the actual or potential impacts that such major events have on the local population or those living in affected areas. In the United States, owing to the widely publicized “War on Terror,” it is

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    The United States and Afghanistan Work Towards Peace

    The attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001 have had profound impacts on the world and have ultimately changed the course of history. One of the many consequences was the War on Terror, in which the United States and its allies launched a full-scale attack on global terrorism, more

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    Police Immunity in the Philippines

    Introduction 2020 has seen an increase in global backlash against police brutality, with the death of George Floyd in the United States of America sparking protests around the world. No country has the perfect policing system, though some are more problematic than others. In the Philippines, police widely experience impunity,

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    The Humanitarian Crisis in Burundi

    Introduction Many people know about the tragedies of Rwanda, but much less is known about the ongoing humanitarian crisis happening just south in Burundi. Since gaining independence from Belgium in 1962, political instability has plagued Burundi leading to widespread malnutrition, poverty, and violence.  Tensions have long run high between the

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    Nepalese Victims’ Struggle for Justice in a Post-Conflict Society

    Nepal’s decade-long civil war ended in 2006. Fourteen years later, families that lost loved ones are still struggling to find justice, and perpetrators of war crimes have yet to face consequences of  their actions. Despite the creation of national institutions to try and build a sustainable post-conflict society, the help

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    How Boko Haram Has Impacted Nigerian Society

    Nigeria, home to a population of over 200,780,000, abundant stores of natural resources, and Africa’s biggest economy, seems to be a potential powerhouse at first glance. However, while all countries face their fair share of internal strife, Nigeria has struggled with the prevalence of Boko Haram, which was ranked the

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    Canada’s Controversial Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia

    According to a public opinion poll in 2019, 39% of Canadians would rank human rights in the top three priorities to consider when dealing with another country. Out of the twenty four countries surveyed, Canada was among only four countries that stated human rights should be in the top three

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    China’s Military is Not Ready to Challenge the United States

    Historically, the rise of new powers comes with the threat of war, especially if the new power is “revisionist,” or unhappy with the current international system and wants to completely overthrow it. In the 1930s, the rise of Germany led to World War Two, and after that, the rise of

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    Behind China’s Shift in Foreign Policy

    Since Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in the 1980s, Chinese foreign policy has been relatively non-threatening. During its economic rise, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) embraced a Peaceful Development strategy. This strategy emphasized that China’s prosperity depended on a peaceful international environment and, in turn, China’s rise would contribute to global

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    Why Students are Protesting in Thailand

    On October 15th, the government of Thailand declared a state of emergency after thousands of students gathered in protest. When the movement began in March, protestors demanded democratic changes to the constitution and election system, and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. Since the protests reemerged in

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    A House Made of BRICS

    In recent years, the term BRICS has been widely circulated throughout the realm of international relations.  BRICS – an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – refers to the biggest rising powers in the 21st Century. The current shift in the global system poses an opportunity for

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