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Wild Fire in Portugal Devastates the Country
By admin June 27, 2017

Central Portugal recently faced the worst forest fire in its history. The fire began on Saturday, June 17 in the Pedrógão Grande area and lasted for three days. The Guardian reports that 350 soldiers and 1,400 fire fighters were on scene to save people who were trapped in their cars. Sixty-four people died and many

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Are Qatar’s Contentious Relationships All Bad?
By admin June 23, 2017

Qatar, once one of the poorest Gulf states, is now one of the region’s wealthiest countries. The nation, rich in gas reserves, has received criticism from other Arab nations in the past for supporting various terrorist groups throughout the Middle East including Palestinian Hamas in Gaza and Islamist organizations in Egypt and Syria. Recent rifts

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Terrorist Attack In Bogota, Colombia Leaves Three Dead
By admin June 22, 2017

On Saturday, June 17th, a bomb was set off in one of Colombia’s largest malls located in Bogotá. Bogota’s Mayor, Enrique Peñalosa, has called this a “cowardly terrorist bombing.” President Juan Manuel Santos has launched an investigation and announced a USD $35,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits of

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The Queen’s Speech: Brexit Bills Dominate Government Agenda
By admin June 21, 2017

During her speech to open Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II, proposed numerous bills and laws to prepare for the British exit from the European Union (Brexit). As the surprise results from the recent election pushed the British government towards uncertainty, the Queen’s proposals pushed for unity. The Brexit bills outlined by the Queen was toned down

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China is Winning the Asian Arms Race
By admin June 16, 2017

Described as “a ship which can fly and also an aircraft which can swim,” China’s newest military innovation is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. The Jiaolong AG600 seaplane is comparable in size to a Boeing 737 at 37 meters long and a 38.8-meter wingspan. Designed by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for marine

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In Africa, The Future is Female
By admin June 14, 2017

A newly emerged networking group composed of individuals from the United Nations, African Union, and the Permanent Mission of Germany aims to create a platform that tackles peace, stability, and good governance within Africa through female leaders. The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) involves 80 participants from varying parts of Africa, many ranging from Africa’s

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Panama Takes a New Direction: From Taiwan to China
By admin June 13, 2017

On Tuesday June 13, Panama formally cut off ties with Taiwan in order to establish ties with China. This shift in alliances seems to have no explanation, but the benefits for China are clear. President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama claims that this change is in the best interest for the country, citing China as

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China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative
By admin June 12, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made a statement that the world should move towards an integrated global economy and away from protectionism. He emphasized the ‘One belt, One road’ initiative which uses billions of dollars of Chinese investment into building infrastructure along the Silk Road. Although many countries would benefit directly and indirectly from the

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP COMPLETES UNITED NATIONS PROJECT ACROSS SOUTH ASIA (AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA)
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  Firm Finalizes Evaluation of UNICEF’S Implementation of the Gender Action Plan (2014-17) and Gender Capacity Needs in South Asia To enhance the implementation of the UNICEF Gender Action Plan (GAP) and reinforce multi-sectoral synergies on gender programming, The Bassiouni Group (TBG) managed a robust evaluation, the first of its kind in the region, to

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Rewriting Europe’s Engagement in Africa
By admin June 9, 2017

In January of this year, the German government released a proposal for a “Marshall Plan with Africa.”  The tribute to the post-World War II Western European reconstruction program will likely take center stage at the G-20 African Partnership Conference hosted in Berlin this month in addition to the G20 summit in July The plan, formally

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Morocco’s Growing Discontent
By admin June 8, 2017

As Samuel Huntington claims in his essay titled “The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century,” every movement happens in waves. There appear to be trends in the way that countries move towards democracy and globalization. Many people have called the Arab Spring a fourth wave considering the number of Middle Eastern countries that

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Q&A: Our Interns Look Back on their Experience at TBG
By admin May 31, 2017

Read about what our research interns have to say about their experience working with TBG. If you are interested in applying for the Fall 2017 cycle, please send your application to info(at)bassiounigroup.com. Meet the Interns: Alexis Saghie was born in the States to parents of Middle Eastern and American descent, with the majority of her family

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Teaching Cultural Diversity in Schools for the Safe-Return of Persecuted Minorities in the Middle East
By admin May 26, 2017

In March 2015, a conference was held in Paris on the victims of religious violence in the Middle East, during which an action plan was presented on how the international community agreed to defend the people persecuted for ethnic or religious reasons particularly those belonging to the Christian, Yazidi and Shabak minority groups. Two years

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Disaster Risk Reduction on the Global Agenda
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  The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (the Global Forum) was held between May 22 and 26 in Cancun, Mexico. Some 6,000 Heads of State, policy makers, disaster risk managers, civil society and other participants attended the forum. It is the first time that an important international forum was dedicated to the disaster

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Key Takeaways from the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2017
By admin May 23, 2017

Some 1,200 global leaders recently convened in Jordan at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 2017. The themes of this year’s conference touched on Syria, President Trump, jobs, and a possible post-oil economy. In addition, these global leaders discussed means of supporting the burden of refugees as well

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What can Big Data Do for Development?
By admin May 22, 2017

Last week, May 17th, marked the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. It is celebrated to raise awareness of the use of Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) to promote social and economic development. Themed on Big Data for Big Impact, this year’s focus is on the power of big data for development

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP COMPLETES UNITED NATIONS/GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA PROJECT TO DEVELOP MULTI-SECTORAL NATIONAL STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS PROGRAMMING IN UGANDA
By admin May 19, 2017

Over the last two years, Uganda has undertaken a national policy shift toward embracing Adolescent Girls (AGs) as part of the country’s economic, political, and social development. In response to this, The Bassiouni Group (TBG) was commissioned to provide technical, strategic, and facilitative support to enable the development of the nation’s first costed Multi-Sectoral National

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Chechnya ‘Genocide’
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Chechnya leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been accused for carrying out genocide against gay individuals, called out as a “wave of persecution.” In a specific case when a teenager was reportedly thrown out of a window on the ninth-floor after his uncle discovered he was gay. Etienne Deshoulieres, a lawyer who supports three gay rights groups,

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An eAtlas to Better Understand Gender inequality in Out-Of-School Children
By admin May 10, 2017

Out-of-School gender rate disparities vary greatly from one region to another even though they are almost alike at the global level. Gender disparities are the highest in Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. Because of the many conflict-hit areas in Arab states, it is difficult to precisely quantify gender disparities in out-of-school

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Genocide in South Sudan
By admin May 9, 2017

About a month ago, the UN commission of inquiry for South Sudan was given leverage to start targeting perpetrators that commit human rights abuses such as rapes and tortures that are being played out currently. To note, there are major concerns that South Sudanese nationals are being ethnically cleansed by government forces and their allies.

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