Feminist Foreign Policy: Key Principles & Accountability Mechanisms

Sweden announced that it is practicing ‘feminist foreign policy’ in 2014.  France did in March this year.  Canada has promoted feminist international development policy since 2017.  Foreign policy matters for women’s rights because it shapes whether relations between nations might include support for gender equality.  Foreign policy can direct whether trade deals benefit countries with poor women’s rights records, or whether development aid is used to support women’s’ rights ambitions of women’s’ movements in low-income countries.  Feminist foreign policy is very new, and still under-defined. Can a country that sells arms to Saudi Arabia be said to be practicing feminist foreign policy?  What position should countries professing feminist foreign policy practice take on women’s reproductive and sexual rights?

Why it’s good for bipartisanship when politicians publicly ignore and reject their own party’s base

Politicians must often walk a fine line with their rhetoric in order to avoid offending important groups – and this need is no different where the “base” of their party is concerned. John V. Kane has previously found that when a politician actually works to upset their base, this can lead to more support from those in the opposing party, which could lead to more bipartisanship. In new research, he determines that partisans are attracted to stories about an opposing-party president antagonizing their base, revealing another way that the media are important in forming political opinions.

NYU CGA’s Jennifer Trahan’ Presents Initiative on the Legal Limits of the UNSC Veto in the Face of Atrocity Crimes

On March 1, 2019, approximately thirty representatives of U.N. Member States, civil society, academia, and the legal community met to discuss an initiative proposed by Professor Jennifer Trahan of NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.  Professor Trahan has identified a number of “hard law” considerations relevant to use of the “veto” in situations of core international crimes – genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Rwanda Reflections: Two Student’s Holistic Perspectives on GFIs

The country truly lives up to its nickname, ‘land of 1,000 hills’. Surely traveling the country is enough to develop a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of Rwanda, but on this trip I was able to leave with something much more valuable; an understanding of the current social climate in Rwanda, 25 years post genocide.