The Organization for World Peace

The Sinai Islamist Insurgency

Overview A rather tranquil and sparsely populated area for much of the 90s, the Sinai Peninsula has in recent times become a hotbed for insurgent activities since the 2011 ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The removal of his successor, Mohammad Morsi only served to worsen matters as Islamist insurgents […]

Boko Haram Insurgency

Overview The organization called Jama atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda a Waati Wal Jihad, but better known as Boko Haram (which roughly translated reads “Western education is forbidden”), is an armed militant group that opposes and attempts to destroy secular authority. They have been fighting the Nigerian state since 2009 through a violent and […]

Somali Civil War

Overview Like many African countries, Somalia suffers from the aftereffects of colonization. Italy and Great Britain left the country unstable, forcing duelling clans to coexist. After an unpopular war against Ethiopia, the longstanding dictator, Mohammed Siad Barre, was thrown out of power, leaving Somalia with no strong government. Somalia structures […]

South China Sea Dispute

Overview National pride, military ambition, historic and symbolic attachments and trillions of dollars-worth of trade have led to a fierce territorial dispute currently being fought among seven claimants—Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan,  Vietnam and Indonesia—over the South China Sea. The rich and bountiful oil reserves hidden in those waters […]

South Sudan Civil War

Overview The world’s newest country, South Sudan, has been embroiled in a civil war since December 2013. The conflict erupted along ethnic lines after President Salva Kiir (a Dinka, the county’s ethic majority), removed Vice-President Reik Machar (a Nuer, the largest minority group). Formed after gaining independence from Sudan in […]

Israel-Palestine Conflict

Overview This piece of land has been contested for millennia, with takeovers by Babylonians, Romans, Crusaders, Egyptians, the Ottoman Empire among many others. Over the past 70 years there have been many wars between Israel and its neighbors and hopes for a two-state solution – one Israel and one Palestine […]