A South African court banned the President of Sudan Omar Al-Bashir from leaving the country after he had come to attend the African Union Summit being held in Johannesburg earlier this week.

Fairness and equal opportunity are vital to rich and developing countries alike, warns Jan Vandemoortele, who was among the architects of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations, an organization of governments created in 1945 following World War II, was meant to foster international cooperation between members and prevent cycles of violence and bloodshed. Its leader is the secretary general of the organization. Currently the post is held by a Korean national, Ban Ki-moon, who assumed the post in 2007.

Current refugee-migrant flows (from Burma and Bangladesh toward Thailand and Malaysia and across the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East toward Europe) have highlighted the need to attack the root causes of such migration and refugee flows.

The Legal Status of the Caspian Sea- Current Challenges and Prospects for Future Development, Barbara Janusz- Pawletta (Springer- 2015- 176 pages)

“Is it possible for the Caspian Sea, which has become a bone of contention between the five bordering countries Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, to turn into an area of- literally speaking- fruitful cooperation in the legal sense?

This might be a tricky question to ask nowadays, but there are theories that help us understand better the role of emerging powers in the world today. Although are there only relatively simplistic definitions, it is understood that an emerging power is a country whose conquest of space in the international arena occurs gradually, through economic and political means.

Ms. Najiba Mustafayeva, PhD candidate in International Law, Expert at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, speaks exclusively to Modern Diplomacy and Dimitris Giannakopoulos, for the international security system and United Nations role on the protection of the global peace.

On 12 January 2015, Robert C. Blitt wrote on the USA Today, “Powerful, mainstream Muslim groups must recognize they’re breeding religious intolerance”. He argued that despite their denouncement of violence, most lately after the heinous Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League and many of their individual member states “must bear responsibility for nurturing an environment that breeds violence in the name of defending Islam”.

Wednesday evening Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States announced that Saudi Arabia had commenced military operations against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement in Yemen.

Few disputed the unfair weightings in the IMF and World Bank of the BRICS companies. But Rajat Nag, a former Managing Director of the Asian Development Bank, warns of the pitfalls that await their Shangai-based New Development Bank

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