Through the FCIL Lens: Guatemala, Western Sahara, Kenya, Taiwan and Marshall Islands

By Marcelo Rodríguez

During this academic semester, I have told my students several times, whatever situations, phenomena or topics you choose for your research and countries/jurisdictions or institutions for your comparative legal research, please always keep in mind that they are not frozen in time. Perhaps for the purpose of your research, you might have chosen a particular period of time as a very specific boundary for your research project. However, I’d argue that current developments within a jurisdiction may have some major impact in delineated historical or previous events in terms of our understanding and analysis of those same events and phenomena. This does not mean we shouldn’t strive for specific time frames in research. It just means that a good grasp of current events related to the research topic, institutions and jurisdictions of your choice is crucial no matter the time frame you have selected for your research.

In this post, I will feature five current situations in several flashpoints around the world over the month of August 2022. As in previous posts, these summaries aim to be descriptive, introductory, and to provide a stepping stone for further research. Each summary also includes at least three important secondary sources. The jurisdictions I have chosen for this post are Guatemala, Western Sahara, Kenya, Taiwan and Marshall Islands.

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  • Corruption and Impunity in Guatemala Post-CICIG
  • Allison, M. E. Guatemala: The Ongoing Struggle Against Corruption and Impunity. In Latin American Politics and Development (pp. 436-453). Routledge.
  • Michel, V. (2021). Institutional Design, Prosecutorial Independence, and Accountability: Lessons from the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Laws, 10(3), 58.
  • Zamudio-González, L. (2020). The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). In International Intervention Instruments against Corruption in Central America (pp. 67-92). Palgrave Pivot, Cham.
  • Once Again Western Sahara and Morocco Meet the International Community
  • Allison, S. Z. (2021). A Paradigmal Shift in the Recognition of Moroccan Sovereignty Over Western Sahara. The Journal of Middle East and North Africa Sciences, 7(05), 20-23.
  • Ani, N. C., & Louw-Vaudran, L. (2018). How the latest AU decision on Western Sahara could affect other crises. ISS Peace and Security Council Report, 2018(105), 2-3.
  • Zunes, S., & Mundy, J. (2022). Western Sahara: War, nationalism, and conflict irresolution. Syracuse University Press.
  • Despite Close Results, Kenya Has a New President
  • Cheeseman, N., Kanyinga, K., Lynch, G., Ruteere, M., & Willis, J. (2019). Kenya’s 2017 elections: winner-takes-all politics as usual?. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13(2), 215-234.
  • Cheeseman, N., Maweu, J., & Ouma, S. (2019). Peace, But at What Cost? Media Coverage of Elections and Conflict in Kenya. In Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change (pp. 83-105). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • Kanyinga, K., & Odote, C. (2019). Judicialisation of politics and Kenya’s 2017 elections. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13(2), 235-252.
  • Taiwan’s Woes After Pelosi’s Two-Day Visit
  • Lin, B. (2021). US Allied and Partner Support for Taiwan: Responses to a Chinese Attack on Taiwan and Potential US Taiwan Policy Changes. RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA.
  • Mastro, O. S. (2021). The Taiwan temptation: why Beijing might resort to force. Foreign Aff., 100, 58.
  • O’Hanlon, M. (2021). How to Defend Taiwan: Leading with Economic Warfare. The Washington Quarterly, 44(4), 183-196.
  • The Marshall Islands Are No Longer COVID-free
  • Clarke, C., Wheatley, A., Fraser, M. R., Richey, T., & Ensign, K. (2022). US-Affiliated Pacific Islands Response to COVID-19: Keys to Success and Important Lessons. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 28(1), 10-15.
  • Leal Filho, W., Lütz, J. M., Sattler, D. N., & Nunn, P. D. (2020). Coronavirus: COVID-19 transmission in Pacific small island developing states. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(15), 5409.
  • McElfish, P. A., Purvis, R., Willis, D. E., & Riklon, S. (2021). Peer reviewed: COVID-19 disparities among Marshallese Pacific Islanders. Preventing chronic disease, 18.

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