The U.S.-South Korea Alliance and North Korea Under Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in, by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder
Many in Washington and Seoul are concerned that tensions might emerge between the United States and South Korea during the upcoming summit between President Trump and President Moon. Given Trump’s diplomacy in Europe and Moon’s liberal approach to foreign policy, nobody can be sure of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD)’s future, the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS FTA), and the North Korean nuclear issue.
A trial now underway appears to provide granular detail about the role of bribery in rigging elections. Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Dele Belgore is standing trial after allegedly collecting N450 million ($1.4 million) from former Petroleum Minister Diezane Alison-Maduekwe for payoffs in Kwara state before the 2015 elections. Standing trial with Belgore is former Minister of National Planning Abubakar Suleiman. The beneficiary of these bribes would have been the candidacy of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.
International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (better known by its Spanish acronym CICIG). In partnership with its Guatemalan counterparts, CICIG has successfully prosecuted senior government officials and achieved important reforms of the legal system. CICIG can be a model for other countries facing the challenge of deep-seated corruption and impunity, but donors must pay attention to ensuring that future CICIG-like bodies are politically independent, adequately funded, and assigned top priority within donors’ broader foreign policy and aid objectives.
Shorash is twenty-three years old. She is one of the millions of refugees who was forced to flee her home in Syria in search of safety. When conflict hit her hometown, Shorash and her family took only the bare essentials and walked to the Turkish border. The journey was difficult and, before being allowed to enter Turkey, they were held for several days without food or water. Once admitted, Shorash and her family spent three months sleeping in a park before moving to Iraq and making their way to the Darre Shikran refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
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