Author profile: Martin Duffy

Martin Duffy has participated in more than two hundred international election and human rights assignments since beginning his career in Africa and Asia in the 1980s. He has served with a wide range of international organizations and has frequently been decorated for field service, among them UN (United Nations) Peacekeeping Citations and the Badge of Honour of the International Red Cross Movement. He has also held several academic positions in Ireland, UK, USA and elsewhere. He is a proponent of experiential learning. He holds awards from Dublin, Oxford, Harvard, and several other institutions including the Diploma in International Relations at the University of Cambridge.

Opinion – Irish-American Diplomacy and the Catholic Orphanage Scandal

Martin Duffy • Nov 21 2021 • Articles

That Irish-American diplomacy contributed to an elaborate network of child adoption casts a dark shadow over what is otherwise hailed as a formative period in the relationship between the two nations.

Opinion – Uzbekistan at A Political Crossroads?

Martin Duffy • Nov 7 2021 • Articles

Regrettably, following this election day, as those before it, Uzbekistan remains one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

Opinion – Saving Myanmar?

Martin Duffy • Oct 25 2021 • Articles

With no sign of junta retrenchment, the big question remains as to how even a vestige of Myanmar’s democracy can be salvaged from the spoils of coup.

Opinion – Taiwan’s Almighty Squeeze

Martin Duffy • Oct 14 2021 • Articles

The resounding re-election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2020 reflects a steely determination on the part of the Taiwanese to resist the ‘almighty squeeze’ China is seeking to impose on them.

Opinion – Georgia’s Democracy Still in Peril

Martin Duffy • Oct 9 2021 • Articles

It seems unlikely that a new reconciliation spirit for coalition-building will emerge. Instead, Georgia’s politicians will engage in another dogfight over the corpse of a tentative democracy.

Afghanistan’s ‘Liberal’ History: Back to Year Zero?

Martin Duffy • Aug 31 2021 • Articles

An earlier, more liberal, Afghanistan possessed strong female figures and dynamic student societies in a civil society accustomed to the concept of protest.

Moldova and the Transnistria Conflict: Still a Regional Cold War?

Martin Duffy • Aug 3 2021 • Articles

Transnistria remains a ticking time-bomb severing the mainstream European leanings of Moldova’s majority community from its beleaguered Russians.

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