Civil Society

Chris Eberhardt (汪哲伟)

BEIJING “你们会说英语吗?“(Can you all speak English?) Kevin S. Osborne, a recent graduate from Seattle University asked before joining his partner in talking about efforts to forge Sino-US partnerships to address climate change (in English). The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) club was holding one of its regular educational meetings for its members on a Friday night in a Beijing University classroom.

Emily Cody

The secession of Southern Sudan following the referendum on self-determination is imminent. Despite the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) prescribing an interim period with a programme of legal reform to address long-standing grievances, no real, conscientious efforts were made to make unity realistic for southerners.

Corrie Hulse

The United Nations doctrine on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is state-centric, there's no doubt about that, but does that mean states are the only viable actors when it comes to protecting civilians from mass atrocities? In this essay, Corrie Hulse argues that when states fail to act on R2P, it is the responsibility of civilians and N.G.O.s to step up and push governments into action.

Nicola Macnaughton

A recent article in The Guardian,Egypt’s government to restrict NGO vote monitoring,probably came as no surprise to people familiar with Egyptian politics. Just as governments and people worldwide have come to accept democracy as the “correct” way to govern, so too have they come to view the independence of NGOs as central to ensuring democratic practice.

Josh Linden

You may not suspect it, but the Middle East is pretty wired these days. Increasingly so, in fact. By some estimates, the region has the second fastest-growing Internet market in the world. Around 60 percent of Arab youths between 18 - 24 use computers on a regular basis. Four out of five own mobile phones.

Nicola Macnaughton

Recent flooding in India has killed hundreds and displaced over a million people. Jolted by this logistical nightmare, a fresh look is being taken at the Indian government's national climate change program. Nicola Macnaughton reports that while the plan looks good on paper, not including local communities most affected by climate change in the process threatens to derail all progress when the next disaster strikes.