How Federalism Can Work in Somalia

November 29, 2017

To restore unity, Somali federal and state leaders need to cooperate and work together for the interest of the country as a whole. The October 14 bombing that killed over 400 people, mostly civilians, near Mogadishu’s busy Zoppe Square was the single worst attack in East Africa since the...

Chad Is Caught in the Crosshairs of Western Politics

October 05, 2017

There seems to be no good reason to justify Chad's inclusion in the Trump administration's new travel ban. Chad is the latest victim of Western politics that threatens to weaken the already vulnerable African state at the expense of its people. Both the United States and the European Union are...

Is the UN Human Rights Council Poised to Repeat Fatal Past?

September 29, 2017

At the beginning of the year, 26 of the 47 UN Human Rights Council member states were on record for having violated human rights. This October, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will elect new member states under the recent cloud of scrutiny and calls for reform from the United...

Investing in Youth for the Future of Afghanistan

September 19, 2017

Afghanistan's young people face many challenges that need to be overcome in order to move the country forward.  On July 23, more than 120 passionate and determined young people from all over Afghanistan assembled to talk about their role in the future of their country. The Afghan Youth...

Russia’s New Role in the New Middle East

Russia is finding it difficult to gain a foothold in the Middle East. At a time when tensions between Moscow and Washington are on the rise, Russia is determined to have a greater say in global affairs, particularly in the tumultuous Middle East. At present, Russia considers itself as a major,...

Dragging Out the Doklam Conflict is Futile for Both India and China

August 23, 2017

If China doesn’t want its territorial sovereignty breached, it needs to respect that of its neighbors. Last week, China’s Xinhua News’ The Spark show had a unique guest: A turbaned man, with a visibly Indian accent, appears clueless about India’s seven “sins,” as the video goes on to...

Dealing With Kim: Trump’s Failure to Understand Juche

August 14, 2017

The North Korean crisis can only be resolved if Donald Trump understands Kim Jong-un’s ideological perspective. Donald Trump’s increasingly incendiary statements and tweets and Kim Jong-un’s threats to launch missiles at or near the American Pacific island of Guam have sparked possibly the...

Venezuela’s Children at the Heart of the Crisis

June 28, 2017

Venezuela’s economic crisis can mean almost certain death for the poor and sick. Since the death in 2013 of the charismatic and controversial Hugo Chávez after 14 years as Venezuelan president, his acolyte and successor, Nicolás Maduro, has steadily been losing his grip on the country....

The Internet Under Attack in Pakistan

June 27, 2017

How will Pakistan navigate its blasphemy laws in the murky world of social media? It has been two months since the brutal murder of 23-year-old student Mashal Khan, who was reportedly accused of insulting Islam. Amid shock and outrage, many hoped this would mark a turning point for Pakistan....

Donald Trump: America’s Little Big Man

May 31, 2017

It could be assumed that the gods who sent Donald Trump into the Oval Office at such a moment have a perverse sense of humor.  He’s huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day. His over-tanned face glows unceasingly in living rooms across America. Never has a president...

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