Nigeria, Boko Haram, and the New Caliphate

2 years ago ccwa 0
Over the summer the news media was dominated by reports obsessed with the idea of a caliphate, or Islamic state being physically carved out within huge portions of Syria and Iraq. Today, just six months later, the world may be witnessing the creation of another, carved out in the Northeastern region of Nigeria, Africa’s largest Read More

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie: What Our Response to Tragedy Says about Us

3 years ago ccwa 0
Around dusk on January 7th, two men, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and hidden behind hoods, stole the lives of 12 innocent people. The words of the perpetrators would be quoted and analyzed throughout the day. The words would come to characterize the actions of the gunmen: “God is great… we have avenged the Prophet. Read More

Terror: Politicizing a Word

3 years ago ccwa 1
To be sure, this is not an article on the act of terrorism itself, or at least not directly so. This is a piece on the word terrorism; the phrase itself garners debate and contention over both its definition and designation. So few words have been able to pave their way into the heart of Read More

Ishmael Beah: Adolescents in Conflicts and Conflicts in Adolescence

3 years ago ccwa 0
Sierra Leone sparked international attention in 1991 when the rebel invasion in neighboring Liberia spilled over into Sierra Leone, enveloping the country in a bloody civil war. Thousands of refugees flooded Sierra Leone, and children became prime targets for recruitment into The Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the dominant armed rebel group engaged in an attempt Read More

Understanding the ‘BRICS Bank’

3 years ago ccwa 0
If you blinked, you may have missed one of the most consequential events of the summer. In fact, with planes falling out the sky at an alarming rate, intense fighting in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and a virulent epidemic ravaging East Africa, it was quite easy to overlook a development that could Read More

Opposing Viewpoints: Why We Shouldn’t Cut Aid to Thailand

3 years ago ccwa 1
This article is a part of the first installment of our Opposing Viewpoints series, which pits our authors against those of other university publications.  To read the counterargument from Glimpse from the Globe at the University of Southern California, click here. On May 22, 2014, General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that “in order for the country Read More

Scotland: Referendum and Addendum

3 years ago ccwa 0
Barely hours after the results of the referendum were announced in Scotland, the streets that had been flooded with people only hours before had emptied, and the postmortem had already begun. The rhetoric around the referendum’s outcome seemed to be the same across the board; things in Scotland would never be the same, and the Read More

Behind India’s Success in Space

3 years ago ccwa 1
November 14, 1971 marked the successful arrival of the world’s first Mars orbiter, Mariner 9. With a price tag of $137 million, it became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. Nearly 43 years later, India’s Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission) achieved this feat with a final cost of only $74 million. How was the Indian Read More

Macedonia: To Have Your State and Be It Too

3 years ago ccwa 23
When the name “Macedonia” is mentioned, it is usually accompanied by questions about where it is, or whether the famous Macadamia nut cookie originates there. While Macedonia has nothing to do with the delicious cookie, the former question presents a bit of a conundrum in the Balkans. Locked in a 20-year dispute, the Republic of Read More

Songs of Ice and Mire: Greenland’s March toward Independence

3 years ago ccwa 0
As the international community focused on the Scottish referendum this past month and talks of devolution began to stir, the world failed to consider another independence movement: the one for a freer Greenland. Greenland is often overlooked on the international stage, however, it’s the largest island in the world and, with a population of 57,000 Read More