Author: Melissa McLaughlin

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

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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

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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

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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

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Tunisian Protests Reflect Longstanding Economic Difficulties

Despite Tunisia’s success with the Arab Spring Movement in 2011 and implementation of a democratic system of government, the country’s economy has remained bogged down by debt and international loan packages. Years of dinar depreciation and inflation amid public sector salary freezes has led Tunisians to take to the streets

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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

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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

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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,

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Syrian-Jordanian Border Crossing Reopened

The Syrian border with Jordan reopened on October 15, 2018, allowing the movement of goods and people between the two countries for the first time in three years. This is the first time the border has been open since its closing in 2015, marking an end to three years of

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