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September 12, 2017
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Kenya’s Fresh Election Ruling: Just Another Installment in a Highly Contested Process

By Jeremiah Ogondo Asaka
PhD candidate in Global Governance and Human Security

ballot boxKenya’s 2017 general election has been one of the most litigated general elections since the country’s first multiparty poll in 1992.

Just weeks before Election Day the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was still embroiled in court battles. In fact, days before the vote, it appeared in court at least twice.

In the first instance Kenya’s main opposition coalition – the National Super Alliance – alongside the Thirdway Alliance Party of Kenya challenged IEBC’s award of a ballot printing tender to Al Ghurair – a Dubai based firm.

The High Court of Kenya ruled for the plaintiffs effectively barring Al-Ghurair from printing the presidential ballot papers. Continue Reading →

February 16, 2017
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Local Graduate Students Prepare for International Studies Association Convention

McCormack Graduate School students prepare for ISA annual conventionIntended to prepare students from the greater Boston area for their presentations or panels at the International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention to be held in Baltimore later this month, the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies hosted local scholars to exhibit current research or to deliver papers related to the convention’s theme of “Understanding Change in World Politics.”

Students and faculty from across New England who are presenting at ISA as well as students who had research related to international relations were invited to present. Nine PhD students participated in the event ̶ predominantly women and including international students from Afghanistan, Columbia, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia. Continue Reading →

February 1, 2017
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Equality is a Zero Sum Game

By Edward Henry
An International Relations student at the McCormack Graduate School

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When I was asked to write a piece on my experiences attending the Women’s March, I wanted to write about the festive atmosphere that permeated the march. I wanted to write about arriving downtown early to feel the excitement of the marchers already streaming towards the Common. When I sat down to write, I intended to report the positivity in addition to addressing the critiques of the march. But, the videos and images from the Inauguration Day protests in DC, the police presence in the Boston companion march that night, and the police presence at the Boston Protest against the Muslim Ban led to a change in direction.

The Women’s March was successful in pulling millions worldwide into the streets to stand in support of women’s equality in addition to a host of equality issues. But reporting only that would be repeating the mistakes of previous equality movements. Continue Reading →

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