The Race to Becoming Artificially Intelligent

By Sourish Kundu We are well in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, which consists of the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Countries across the world are developing AI in hopes of bettering the lives of their citizens and expanding their role on the international stage. While President Trump’s campaign slogans claimed he would…

“Le Pouvoir” and the Algerian Deep State

By: Alex El Ghaoui This article was originally published on April 17, 2019 but was briefly removed from the WIRe in anticipation of the author’s visit to Algeria in the summer of that year.  Massive anti-government protests in Algeria have led to the resignation on April 2 of eighty-two-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after twenty years in…

Political Turmoil in Sudan

By: Jadalyn Eagens In December, riots broke out in Sudan as the price of bread went up by about 300 percent. People took to the streets to demand higher wages and lower prices for basic goods from the government. As the protests gained traction, they shifted from a request for individual reforms to an uprising…

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…

A Tragedy for Both Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing

By: Chandrea Baster Airline disasters are uncommon. The phrase, “you’re more likely to die in a car accident than a plane crash” is often circulated amongst individuals shortly after the news of a recent plane crash hits the headlines. Thousands of planes fly each day without any complications and pilots are often equipped with the skills…

Zimbabwe’s Current Battle: Cholera

By: Chandrea Baster In most industrialized and developed countries, the spread of bacterial infections such as Cholera are easily kept under control. Proper antibiotics and resources are often provided to contain diseases that are spread easily, infecting other individuals in the general vicinity. However, there are many countries that do not have the luxury of being…

RUN DFC: The BUILD Act

By: Kelli Liegel In today’s highly-polarized political climate, it is rare to see overwhelming bipartisan support regarding policy issues. Defying this norm, on February 27th, Ted Yoho (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill to Congress that they believe everyone can get behind. The BUILD Act, which…