Hey everyone! So, it’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here! “When We Let People Die,” an essay collection detailing the many failures and complications of the Responsibility to Protect, is finally out today. We have published the introduction in its entirety over at The Mantle, and I would encourage you to give it a read, and then head on over to your favorite e-reader site and pick up a copy. I look forward to hearing what you think!!
In The Mantle’s sixth virtual roundtable, I brought together three experts to discuss borders, their purpose, and who they serve. Roundtable participants delve into topics such as the shift to more solidified, violent borders post – 9/11, border identities, and the dichotomy of closed borders in a globalized society.
Here is a great interview I conducted last fall with activist and advocate Betsy Kawamura, founder of the non-profit Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. Ms. Kawamura has spent more than fifteen years working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly women who have fled the violent regime in North Korea and are now living as refugees around the world. For this article—and for the work Ms. Kawamura does—gender-based violence is understood as violence targeted at a specific group based on their gender; often manifesting in acts of rape, forced prostitution, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and other similar crimes. As a survivor of gender-based violence herself, Kawamura is able to enlighten us not only on the experience of survivors, but also why it is crucial to address sexual and gender-based violence as a matter of international politics and international law.