Luke O'Grady


About Luke O'Grady

Luke is currently an undergraduate student at Georgetown University in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) and a minor in French.

Millions Disappointed Over Last-Minute Delay In Nigerian Elections

Nigeria’s electoral commission decided only hours before polls opened on Saturday to postpone the country’s presidential election by a week. This move has many concerned about the possibility of low voter turnout because Nigeria lacks an absentee ballot system and many citizens cannot afford to return to their polling locations […]


North Macedonia To Become Part Of NATO: What Does This Mean For The Future Of The Alliance?

The Greek Parliament voted 153-140 to approve North Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol this Friday, ending a 27 year-long dispute between the two nations. This vote was a direct response to a constitutional amendment passed by the Macedonian parliament earlier this month allowing for the implementation of the Prespa Agreement with […]


Uighurs Flee China In The Face of Religious and Ethnic Persecution

The Chinese government has continued its campaign of ethnic persecution of the Uighur Muslim population of Xinjiang province in recent months. The UN Human Rights Committee has estimated that approximately 1 million Uighurs have been forced into secret detention camps across the province under the pretence of combating religious extremism. […]


E.U. And U.K. Stuck In Brexit Negotiations Over The Irish Backstop

Following the historic defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons two weeks ago, the U.K. government remains embroiled in legal turmoil with Brussels as it continues to search for a favourable Brexit plan. As the March 29thdeadline to exit the E.U. fast approaches, London […]


DR Congo Ethnic Violence Kills Nearly 900 In A Few Days

Ethnic violence between the Banunu and Batende communities continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of a historic presidential election that took place last month. The United Nations Human Rights Commission reports that at least 890 people have been killed and 465 buildings burned in […]


Palestinians Vow Hunger Strike If Israel Worsens Prison Conditions

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli detention centers are threatening a massive hunger strike in response to deteriorating conditions. This development came after Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, announced early last week that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) will begin rationing prisoners’ water supply and […]


UN Concerned By Fighting In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo Ahead Of December Elections

Political tensions have devolved into outright violence preceding December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Fighting has ensued between those who favor the reelection of President Joseph Kabila and those who fear that his continued leadership will further entrench autocratic norms in the country. As the DRC […]