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Dangerous Speech Amplified: How ‘Big Tech’ can be a responsible stakeholder in mass atrocity prevention

By Emma Milner

The conversation on Big Tech’s power over speech should be extended to include the role of social media in instances of grave violence, specifically mass atrocities. It should discuss what responsibility Big Tech holds in the prediction and prevention of mass atrocities in an increasingly digitalised world. This paper will seek to demonstrate how such a conversation can be shaped.

R2P is Unable to Protect the Stateless; It’s Time for the United Nations Security Council to Step Up

By Dimitra Protopsalti and Timothy Lionarons

The United Nations instated the Responsibility to Protect in 2005 to shield humankind from mass atrocities. Yet the shortcomings of R2P are a product of its exclusionary nature, that of stateless people. It is time for the UNSC to step up and broaden the inclusiveness of the R2P to protect the stateless.

COVID-19 and the Responsibility to Protect Rohingya Refugees

By Amber Smith and Tom Welch

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect noted COVID-19 would have particularly adverse implications for the ‘70 million people forcibly displaced by conflict, persecution and atrocity’. The 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is one such example. This piece proposes a response through R2P’s second pillar, focusing on the need to ensure greater inter-state solidarity to protect the Rohingya.

Book Review: Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

By Eleonor Smith

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power provides an insight not only into the world of diplomacy but into the path she took to get there: from her home in Ireland, losing her father, her life as a journalist in Bosnia, journey into the White House and eventually the UN. Power’s book is both a window into the life of a foreign policy insider and a guidebook for 20-somethings looking out to the world of work.

What are we to do with the Romanian memory of the Holocaust?

By Marius Ghincea

The memory of the past shapes our existence, contributes to the way we perceive social reality and helps us to shape our vision of the future we want for ourselves and our descendants. Marius argues accepting the past and recognising the Holocaust in Romania involves reconstructing the historical narratives that are promoted in mass education, culture, and society at large.

Polished Me Like a Jewel

By Emily Faux

Inspired by her visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Emily wrote ‘Polished Me Like A Jewel’ as a fictional account of a young Polish Jew, Anne, whose hair was used to manufacture socks after her age and gender rendered her unsuitable for work and sentenced to immediate death.

Disaggregating the “peace vs. justice” debate: breaking the silos and moving towards greater coherence

By Jacqueline J.Y. Cho

The question of how to deal with a difficult past is one that confronts every society emerging from a dark history. Jacqueline argues the peace vs. justice debate centres on understandings of peace and justice that are inadequate as guiding principles of policies concerning ex-combatants. Rather, these policies should be context-driven and address the structural injustices that preceded and contributed to a given conflict.

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