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How Seriously Do States Take Climate Change? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

Over the years, international organizations have adapted their policies and regulations to the events that have altered both domestic and international affairs. Climate change has been a very delicate issue in the past decade, as scientists have released information that has caught the attention of states across the globe. Human activity has altered the “greenhouse effect” making every single human being culpable and targetable of such change. As a result, states are concerned of the effect this has and might have in their communities in the near future. Governments have been actively involved in the implementation of international treaties to improve the environmental situation globally, decrease the effects of climate change, and prevent atrocious results due to a lack of responsibility.  Continue reading How Seriously Do States Take Climate Change? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

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International Development Organizations: Aid Effectiveness v. Aid Allocation – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

A country’s success is based on, not only acknowledging when there are times of struggle, but being able to adjust its plans and policies in order to find solutions for the situation it is facing. However, there is difference between planning to do something and actually doing something about it; by acting states can establish whether or not it works or if it can be improved. On the other hand, by simply planning and not executing their blueprints, states will just have an overall expectation of what can happen but no concrete facts of how the idea/concept will eventually turnout. One of the most ongoing disputes in international development is how organizations approach and perceive today’s worldly affairs. Continue reading International Development Organizations: Aid Effectiveness v. Aid Allocation – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

Are Members in International Organizations Powerful? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

During World War I, states created organizations “to promote international cooperation, peace, and security.” International organizations were established to improve communication between states and enter into agreements fairly. States are the main components of international organizations because international organizations are mainly made up of members from different parts of the world looking out for their state’s interests. However, international organizations are bureaucracies that make rules to address current issues concerning international interests. Its decisions and actions reflect both the interests of the members and staff working at the organization. On the other hand, fundamental organizations, such as the World Bank, which manages money from all over the world, are expected to act fairly and justly, pursuing international interests and not solely their states interests.  Continue reading Are Members in International Organizations Powerful? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

Sovereignty: TRUTH OR MYTH? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

As years pass and states develop, the idea of sovereignty is a controversial issue to address. Many historians, like Arnold Toynbee and Richard Grove, have debated the importance of a state’s power over others and its impact to international affairs. In similar matters, Stephen Krasner, Professor of International Studies, and deputy director of FSI, published “Think Again: Sovereignty”, in which he explains the misconception of sovereign states and how international institutions have evolved. He answers critical questions concerning the well-being of sovereign states and their citizens around the world. In his work, Krasner acknowledges an evolution in sovereignty instead of a decline in the system. As well, he points out how powerful states work together in order to maintain an international stability for the benefit of its people.  Continue reading Sovereignty: TRUTH OR MYTH? – Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera