For Emmanuel Macron, Is Africa Just PR?

November 23, 2017

Some of Macron’s diplomatic initiatives are in danger of looking more like convenient photo opportunities if they fail to deliver results. French President Emmanuel Macron rarely admits that he lacks experience when it comes to high office and foreign affairs. He may have demurred from...

Protesting the War in Yemen

May 31, 2017

The US is complicit in policies that could kill as many Yemenis as Jews perished in the Holocaust. We are witnessing a period of activism and civic engagement unprecedented in my generation. Liberals have picked up the placards they put away for most of the Obama era and remembered how to...

Understanding the War in Syria

April 18, 2017

With chemical weapon attacks on civilians and US airstrikes on Assad, the war in Syria is not ending anytime soon. To say the Syrian conflict is complicated would be an understatement. Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels, the Kurds, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) are all in combat with each...

The Al-Qaeda Affiliates Merger in Mali

March 28, 2017

Mali's inability to improve its security conditions means that it is likely to remain a key base for al-Qaeda’s activism in the region. On March 2, 2017, leaders of several Mali-based terrorist factions linked to al-Qaeda released a video statement announcing the creation of a new...