Melissa McLaughlin

About Melissa McLaughlin

Melissa is a student at the College of Charleston studying International Studies and French, with concentrations on Europe and Africa.

A Geopolitical Analysis Of Foreign Intervention In Yemen

Yemeni civilians have been caught in the fire of a violent civil war ­­­­propagated by a plethora of international actors since 2015, creating a situation considered the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world. Though the official start of the current civil war was in 2015, violence is no new […]

Journalist Lyra McKee’s Death Reflects The Reemergence Of Violent Opposition In Northern Ireland

On April 18th, 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was killed while covering riots in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. McKee was fatally shot while near police cars and was hit when protesters began shooting toward the police, described as “the enemy” by the perpetrators. She was taken into a police car, which drove […]

Algeria Indefinitely Postpones Elections In Response To Protests; Promises To Create A Theocracy

In response to immense national protests, current Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he would no longer run for a fifth term. The president leading the “pouvoir,” the ruling elite regime in Algeria, since 1999 sparked the massive protests on February 22 of this year when he announced he would run […]

Ethnic Violence Is Rising In Burkina Faso Along With Violent Extremism

Inter-communal and ethnic violence in Burkina Faso continues to escalate, with over 100,000 having been displaced and lacking sufficient humanitarian aid funds. The wave of ethnic violence began in January 2019, with a Mossi-led attack on Fulani neighbourhoods in the village of Yirgou, leaving least 13 dead. The attack had […]

The Great National Debate Is Met With Criticism And Praise In France

In December, Emmanuel Macron’s French government responded to weeks of gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests by initiating a Grand Débat National (Great National Debate) in an attempt to quell the protests. The debate is meant to give all French citizens the opportunity to participate in dialogue about the national crisis that […]

Election In Nigeria Reveal Democratic Gains Despite Corruption

The 2019 elections are rearing up in Nigeria, and amid them are democratic gains tainted by massive corruption. Presidential elections are set for February 16, while governors and House of Assembly will be elected on March second. Nigeria is Africa’s largest democracy, since its reinstatement of democratic rule in 1999 […]

Power Officially Handed Over To Andry Rajoelina As The New President of Madagascar

In yet another eventful change in power for Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina officially took over the office of president on January 18th, 2019 after winning elections in 2018. While the ceremony of his inauguration on Friday was peaceful, Rajoelina’s path back into the office of president has not been easy. The […]

Gabonese Soldiers Arrested Or Killed After Attempted Coup

Several Gabonese soldiers seized a radio station January 7th to call for a coup amid economic dissatisfaction and the absence of President Ali Bongo. The soldiers overpowered the security forces at the radio station before Lieutenant Ondo Obiang Kelly suggested the coup over live radio. Gabonese security forces came in […]

China Pushes For Reunification With Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to seek reunification with Taiwan in an attempt to “rejuvenate” China, and is willing to use military force to do so. President Xi said in a speech on January 2 that Taiwan is and will continue to be a part of the People’s Republic of […]

Tunisian Journalist Sets Himself On Fire To Start A Revolution

Tunisian journalist Abderrazak Zorgui died on December 24 after setting himself on fire, in the hopes of inciting a revolution in Tunisia. Following in the footsteps of Mohammad Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in 2010 and is credited with inciting the Arab Spring movement across Tunisia and North Africa, […]