“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…

The Khartoum Mistake

By: Emily Wurst Khartoum – the capital city of Sudan, and the namesake of a process that threatens the wellbeing of thousands. The Khartoum Process, otherwise known as the ‘EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative’, was established in 2014 as a “platform for political cooperation among the countries along the migration route between the Horn…

Murders in Virunga National Park: Are Humans Safe From Being Hunted?

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello On Monday, April 9, 2018, six people were murdered in the Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As Africa’s oldest national park, on the border of Uganda and Rwanda, the Virunga National Park works to protect and preserve endangered species and wildlife, the most notable being the highly-endangered…