January2018


The Illusion Of Democratic Peace In Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 50 years since the process of independence began in the African continent – at the height of the Cold War – the discussion of democratic peace still looms. Scholars, governments and concerned citizens alike contemplate the implementation of democratization throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily influenced by the […]


Pope’s Peruvian Peace Effort And Advocating for Mapuche Rights Undermined By His Slander Statement In Chile

On Thursday January 18th, Pope Francis arrived in internally conflicted Peru. The country has been disrupted by violent protests since the Christmas Eve pardoning of former President Alberto Fujimori from his 25-year corruption sentence on medical grounds. Current President Pablo Kuczynski had hoped, according to the BBC, that the Pope would […]


An Ambitious Task For The G5 Sahel Force

Few regions in the world face the daunting security challenge of the five Sahel countries. The five countries, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, are located in the Sahel where they are victims of their own geography. Militant groups and cross-national criminal organizations have thrived by taking advantage of […]


The Brewing Proxy War In Northeastern Africa

In rapid-fire succession, a series of events appears to be pushing much of Northeastern Africa inexorably closer to a region-wide conflict. Within hours of each other, Sudan closed their border with neighbouring Eritrea and declared a popular mobilization, seemingly foretelling a war between the two nations. Ultimately, the roots of […]


Ethiopia, Human Rights Violations, And The Release Of Political Prisoners

On January 3, 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, announced plans to free political prisoners, among them being politicians, terrorists, and those who support the ethnic minorities within the country. “Politicians currently under prosecution and those previously sentenced will either have their cases annulled or be pardoned,” AFP news agency […]


Political Deadlock: Gnassingbe vs. Togo.

In his New Year’s address, given on January 3rd, the President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo spoke directly to the public for the first time since large-scale protests against his rule began in August 2017. In his first message, he reiterated his government’s official stance of dialogue and negotiations with the protesters […]