Will Lebanon Be Saying “Same System, New Law” Post-Election Day in May?

Will Lebanon Be Saying “Same System, New Law” Post-Election Day in May?

By Marlene Zieah

As Lebanon votes for parliamentary members for the first time in nearly ten years, will it be able to maintain its sectarian-based governmental system? Proponents and opponents of the new electoral law have differing views on the effects it will have on equal representation in government and stabilizing the region.

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Why Iraqi-Kurdistan Peace Depends on Constitutional Consensus

Why Iraqi-Kurdistan Peace Depends on Constitutional Consensus

By: Marlene Zieah.

The Iraqi government has reclaimed disputed territory under KRG control since 2014. These actions were triggered by the KRG’s recent referendum on independence. In order to solve the issues facing both parties, they will have to revisit critical unclear provisions in the Iraqi constitution, specifically those dealing with rights to self-government and control over oil and gas reserves.

(Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

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How North Korea's Use of Nuclear Weapons Violates the Most Fundamental International Rule

How North Korea's Use of Nuclear Weapons Violates the Most Fundamental International Rule

.By: Marlene Zieah.

North Korea, and other nuclear weapon states may be in violation of international law if a prohibition on such use is given jus cogens status - i.e., is deemed a preemptory norm. A ban on nuclear weapons satisfies the jus cogens test because their use is immoral, it disrupts international order, and no nation has used them in combat for seventy-two years. 

Image attribution: by Kok Leng Yeo from Singapore , available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pyongyang_Arch_of_Triumph.jpg

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