April 26, 2018

Australia’s Refugee Policy a Crime Against Humanity

Last week, a veritable who’s who of human rights lawyers, coordinated through Stanford Law School’s human rights clinic, lodged a 108-page brief with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to investigate alleged crimes committed by Australian officials and the Australian government’s private contractors. Among an ICC docket stacked with African warlords and […]

Why Trump’s Selection of Seven Countries is Not the Same as Obama’s

On Friday, President Trump’s Executive Order barred individuals from seven, predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The legal and moral flaws in the order have already been thoroughly articulated. Likewise, the roughshod manner in which the order was pushed through became clear as chaos ensued at major airports, and lawyers successfully challenged the executive action in […]

Declaring Genocide

It was such a pleasure to speak with one of my favorite radio shows, On The Media from WNYC, about the consequences of Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent declaration of genocide in relation to ISIS. You can listen to the segment here.

The G-Word Paradox

On March 17, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State was responsible for genocide against groups including Yazidis, Christians, and Shiites. The statement came following pressure from Congress and after the House of Representatives issued a unanimousresolution earlier in the week drawing the same conclusion. “[The Islamic State] kills Christians because they are […]

Global Advocacy: How useful are #hashtags and “likes”?

I spoke with Amy Costello at Tiny Spark podcasts about global advocacy movements and the challenges of mobilizing the goodwill of volunteers in a way that translates into real change for the people they are advocating on behalf of. You can listen to the podcast here. And more generally I’d encourage folks to check out […]

When Should the ICC Call It Quits?

The close of 2014 continued to bring bleak news for civilians in Darfur. As fighting in Sudan’s beleaguered western region increased, the UN looked to reduce its peacekeeping presence there. And this on the heels of the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, telling the Council that in the absence of any commitment from them to enforce the Darfur […]

Sudan President Flees South Africa

I spoke with Al Jazeera America about Sudanese President Omar al Bashir’s narrow escape from justice during his visit to South Africa. You can watch the interview here.

Four Years of Independence

Four years since South Sudan gained its independence, Mark Goldberg and I talk through the challenges facing the new nation, now in the midst of a devastating civil war that has displaced around 1.8M people. You can watch the interview here.

UN Dispatch podcast

Scott Guggenheim is the most influential development expert you’ve never heard of. A grad school buddy of new Afghan President, Asraf Ghani, Guggenheim has pioneered the Community Driven Development approach that puts locals in charge of their own development projects. I interviewed him in my first stint as guest host at UN Dispatch. You can […]

Negotiating the Next War

Allowing rebels to leverage a cease-fire into political power will only lead to more death in the Central African Republic — as it has in South Sudan and too many other African states. For a moment last week, it looked as though the people of the Central African Republic (CAR) were getting some much-needed good news. […]