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About barora01

Dr Bela Arora is a Senior Lecturer in Global Governance with fifteen years experience in the sector and holds a PhD focusing on arms control. She is the course leader of the MSc in Global Governance at the University of South Wales, which focuses on practice, rather than theory alone. The course may be of interest to professionals from NGOs, government and business. She has worked in some of the UK’s top ranked universities such as Birmingham, Warwick and Cardiff, where she has engaged in lecturing, strategic planning and policy development. She has experience of research and consultancy at national and international level including high profile projects for the United Nations Global Compact, the British Standards Institute Sigma initiative and the International Business Leaders Forum on conflict diamonds. She has engaged with public and private sector organisations. Bela provides analysis on international security for BBC Wales and ITV Wales.

What are the New Sustainable Development Goals?

  Consensus has been reached on the Sustainable Development Goals.  The goals represent a 15 year plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.  Here are the goals agreed earlier in the month: Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms … Continue reading

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30th July – Marking United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

1.   More than 90% of countries have legislation criminalizing human trafficking. 2.  Human trafficking is often underpinned by sexual exploitation and forced labour. 3.  40% of the victims detected between 2010 and 2012 were trafficked for forced labour. 4.  There … Continue reading

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Cameron’s Speech on Tackling Terrorism

The ten things you need to know about Cameron’s plans to tackle extremism: 1. Cameron outlined his five-year strategy to tackle subversive doctrine and defeat extremism 2. He argued that defeating extremism is the “struggle of our generation” 3. He … Continue reading

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The Use and Impact of Economic Sanctions

1.  Robert A. Pape’s article in International Security, titled “Why Economist Sanctions Do Not Work,” argues that sanctions have only been effective 5% of the time 2.  The longer sanctions are imposed, the less chance they have of succeeding. 3.  … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Deal with Iran

A deal has been struck between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany. Here’s my starter for ten: 1. Supporters of Obama, will see the nuclear deal as his … Continue reading

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Reflections on terrorism and counter-terrorism since 7/7

1.  Is terrorism on the rise? Given that there is no consensus on the definition of terrorism (there are over 250 definitions of terrorism, according to a recent study) it means that governments have been able to broaden the definition … Continue reading

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Impact of Televised Election Debates

1.  Televised election debates have the potential to go down in history, as in the case of the Nixon-Kennedy clash in 1960 2.  In the UK in 2015, the debates have been game-changers for parties who may have been perceived … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking in the Spotlight

1.  The ongoing rescue of people in the Mediterranean, arriving in Italy from Libya, highlights the horrors of the human trafficking trade 2. Talking about the humanitarian disaster in terms of migrants attempting to reach European shores places the blame … Continue reading

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A Starter for Ten on the Countering Violent Extremism Summit

Starter for Ten on the 3 day Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE): 1. The aim of the Summit is to discuss community-oriented approaches to countering violent extremism. 2. It is anticipated that representatives at the Summit will develop a … Continue reading

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International Affairs Internships

Are you interested in international affairs and looking to gain experience through an internship? Here’s my Starter for Ten on some of the most prestigious internship programmes: 1. United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme 2. Traineeships with the European Commission 3. … Continue reading

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