The Ukrainian Election: TV Star Turned Presidential Frontrunner

By: Daniel Zaydman On March 31, over eighteen million Ukrainians went to the polls for the first time since the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who plays the Ukrainian President on the wildly-popular satirical television series Servant of the People, came out in first place with over 30 percent of the popular vote in…

Guaidó V. Maduro: What Happened and What is Next?

By: William Keenan In January 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for his second six-year term as the leader of the nation. Just days later, amid protests and uneasiness, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, directly challenging the Maduro’s leadership and leading to mass protests and outcries of support…

Is Another Gaza War Inevitable?

By: Ryan Gregory Thiele On March 25, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip leveled a home in Misheret, Israel, north of Tel Aviv. Luckily, no one was killed, though at least six people were injured, including a child. Israel then retaliated by launching airstrikes across the Strip, demolishing the offices of Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’…

Burkina Faso: The Linchpin of West Africa

By: Jadalyn Eagens Burkina Faso is a small, West African country about the size of Colorado with a population of about 19 million people. The country has largely managed to avoid the terrorist activity which has plagued neighboring countries Mali and Niger. In the past year or two, however, Islamic militants have been moving across the…

Fiji’s Online Safety Act: A ‘Trojan Horse’ for Internet Censorship

By: Jack Urban With the passage of the Online Safety Act, the Republic of Fiji has modernized its historical control over information. What does this mean for the world in an age of a growing lack of control over malicious actors on the internet? Everything. Fiji’s history may be fraught with coups d’etat, but the young…

Three Key takeaways from ISIS

By: Daniel Yun On March 23rd, 2019, U.S.-backed coalition forces finally captured the last remaining Syrian town, Baghuz, held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A once mighty caliphate, the terrorist organization has wreaked havoc and terror in the Middle East for the last five years. In response, the United States and coalition…

The Battle for India is On

By: Michael Sauer In a matter of weeks, the largest election in the history of democracy will commence. Squaring off are two grand political coalitions spearheaded by very dissimilar, yet equally charismatic leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to cement another 5-year lease on government with his potent Bharatiya Janata Party (“Indian People’s Party”). Challenging Modi…

Cyclone Idai Devastates Africa, UN Notes “Alarm Bell” for Climate Change

By: Tom Quinn On March 15, Cyclone Idai slammed the Southeast African countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving approximately 1.85 million people in need of assistance. The African coastline, where a majority of the continent’s population resides, has only just begun to recuperate from the 100mph winds which destroyed tens of thousands of homes. There…