Daily Archives: January 12, 2017


Morocco To Spain: Desperately Seeking Migration

On New Year’s Day, the Spanish city of Ceuta, one of Europe’s only land borders connecting it with Africa, saw approximately 1,000 people attempt a daring mass migration from Morocco. Despite a “well-organized and violent attempt,” as described by local authorities, none made it through safely. Two migrants were seriously […]


Somali Civil War

Overview The Somali Conflict is a multifaceted dispute triggered by the fall of President Said Barre regime on 27 January 1991. General Barre’s dictatorship was synonymous with extreme brutality, suppression of opposition groups, both nationalistic and Islamic, and exacerbation of interclan rivalries (clannism).  By 1988, the dissatisfaction with the government […]


Syrian Civil War

Overview Since its independence from France, Syria has had a long history of internal turmoil due to reasons ranging from socioeconomic challenges, widening income inequality, concentration of power in the ruling elites, oppression of political and civic rights, and geopolitical tensions.  The secular Ba’ath Party seized power through a publicly […]


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 […]


Israel-Palestine Conflict

Overview Disclaimer: This is by no means a detailed account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is intended merely as a descriptive overview. For a discussion on the events and facts mentioned in the below overview, please reach out to the Middle East Crisis Regional Advisor.  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about […]