MIPJ Publisher/Executive Editor, K.J. Wetherholt, will be releasing two works dealing with crisis/conflict, and international security:
Stateless populations, currently thought to represent over 12 million people and despite international conventions and rule of law, continue to be one of the most vulnerable populations internationally. This is inherently in part because they are one of the most underserved when it comes to such democratic principles, despite international conventions (inclusive of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 1951 and 1964 Conventions on Statelessness) and laws held by various democratic governments in which Stateless communities reside.
Given the purpose of the UDHR, 1954 and 1961 Conventions—along with the widely- accepted modern democratic principles and human rights that are at such conventions’ foundation—it is inordinately important to examine current 21st century, pragmatic realities of Stateless communities. The wide community of Roma, Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, and the Rohingya of Burma (Myanmar), each represent some of the most poignant examples of where democratic principles have failed such communities in the modern age, despite post- WWII vehemence regarding democratic principles and human rights.
A monograph by K.J. Wetherholt, This examination of both the history of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) and its current trajectory is not just essential in terms of the potential for any peace process in Colombia, but also for potential regional and international security issues. This includes a history of the ELN, including its primary influences, from its inception as a Marxist/Maoist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution, its leaders trained in Cuba by Fidel and Raul Castro and Che Guevara; the combination of such Marxist/Maoist philosophy with liberation theology; its status as a non-state actor and combatant, including its background and strategic use of what Western military and policy describe as asymmetric/low-intensity/Gen 4 methodology to conduct its operations; and last but not least, its current trajectory and inherent interests as not just the last remaining Colombian guerrilla group without a peace process as of 2019, but increasingly something much more dangerous: a force that in actuality has become, under the proverbial radar during the FARC peace process and the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, a “Colombo-Venezuelan rebel army” that complicates not just Venezuelan-Colombian relations, but overall security across the northern half of South America.
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