Lauren Hogan


About Lauren Hogan

Lauren is a recent graduate of Carleton University's Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, with a specialization in International Studies and a minor in European and Russian Studies. While Lauren is relatively new to writing for online media, she is very interested in Russian current events and foreign policy. She also intends to pursue a Master's in European and Russian Affairs at the University of Toronto this fall.


Russian Corruption And Opposition

Democracy’s tenuous foothold in Russia slipped further as opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was “formally barred” from running for election in the Russian Federation’s 2018 elections, the BBC reports. While this comes without surprise, as Navalny was convicted of embezzlement in a retrial in early February of 2017, the court’s decision was […]


Macron And Putin: Meetings Of Mind And Might

On May 29th, 2017, important talks were held between the Russian Federation’s President Vladimir Putin and the new French President, Emmanuel Macron. The discussions took place in Versailles, France; this was done strategically as the talks coincide with the opening of an exhibition which commemorates Tsar Peter the First’s or […]


2017 Strongmen: Duterte

With the controversial elections of Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, Austrian President Norbert Hofer, American President Donald Trump, the popularity of Dutch Geert Wilders, French Marine Le Pen and Polish Jaroslaw Kaczynski, as well as the popularity of the Greek Golden Dawn and the Sweden’s Democrat parties, the rise of right-wing […]


Widespread Food Insecurity In Yemen

Instability within a country can damage local populations in a myriad of ways. Systems like government service provision or food distribution which function normally in peacetime are disrupted and with these interruptions come dire consequences. This is exactly true in regards to the conflict in Yemen. The conflict in Yemen […]


Russia And Homophobia: Chechnya

Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for the head of the Chechen Republic, is reported to have said, “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in [Chechnya]” on April 2, 2017. The type of people of which Karimov was discussing were individuals with same-sex sexual orientations. Without any […]


Violence Against Protesters In The Congo After Political Transition Talks Collapse

The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark sign of a healthy democracy – something that is unfortunately not present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. President Joseph Kabila has been in power for close to two decades and his transition out of government has not been smooth and […]