Middle East & Africa

NATO’s Erdogan Problem

5 months ago Alger Mag Editor 0
The foundational institutions of our global political system have been caught in the crossfire amidst the recent wave of political and social populism. The organizations that previously acted as stabilizing factors are now subject to intense criticism, with the splintering of the European Union, gridlock in the UN Security Council, and rivalries within OPEC. NATO Read More

Egypt: Charting a Way Back to Growth

7 months ago Alger Mag Editor 0
The Tahrir Square protests are the most striking image of modern Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation. Although now characterized by its unstable political regimes, Egypt was not always so dismally perceived. Egypt launched bold reforms in 2004 that greatly benefitted the nation fiscally and by the end of 2007, 2.4 million new jobs Read More

Syria: Putin’s Perfect War

9 months ago Alger Mag Editor 0
The Middle East has been nothing short of geopolitical quicksand for those who get involved – the international order has been riddled with foreign interventions led by the United States and its allies, devolving into long-term quagmires such as the Afghanistan War, the Iraq War, and the Libyan intervention. So Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned Read More

Saudi Arabia: The Oil Malediction

9 months ago Alger Mag Editor 0
Saudi Arabia has relied on oil exports to generate growth throughout its contemporary history. With the petroleum sector accounting for 45 percent of its GDP, close to 80 percent of budget revenue, and 90 percent of export revenues, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom whose fate relies on the price of oil. The substantial drop in Read More

Language on the Islands of Zanzibar: The Role of English in the World

9 months ago Alger Mag Editor 0
If I hop off a plane, whether it be in Zanzibar, Shanghai, Vladivostok, Timbuktu, or anywhere on the planet, I assume I can have at least a simple conversation there. Why? Not because I am a globetrotting polyglot, but because my native tongue is one people have deemed the international language — English. It is Read More

A New Start in U.S. – Iran Relations?

1 year ago Alger Mag Editor 0
The following article was written after Dr. Mathews and Mr. Nephew visited Columbus, Ohio to speak at the Columbus Council on World Affairs and The Ohio State University.  Columbus, Ohio – In 2009, former U.S. diplomat Lloyd Rollins from Columbus expressed concern to the The Columbus Dispatch that “the U.S. and Iran are still without diplomatic Read More

Leaving So Soon?: The Short Timeline of Russian Intervention in Syria

1 year ago Alger Mag Editor 0
On September 30, 2015 Russian airstrikes began in Syria. According to the head of the Russian presidential administration, the sole purpose of the intervention was to protect the “national interests” of the Russian Federation, which includes concern for the eventual return of several thousand Russian citizens that have flocked to Syria to join the terrorist Read More

Moral Marginalism: The Crisis of Foreign Aid

2 years ago Alger Mag Editor 0
Picture: Jess Seldon/Department for International Development There is something about the question of foreign aid that seems to bring out the utilitarian in everyone. These days, “aid” – be it public or private – is almost always discussed in the context of measuring its effectiveness. How many lives in Liberia can be saved per dollar Read More

International Tourism’s Sinister Impact

2 years ago Alger Mag Editor 2
International tourism, for most, elicits excitement and fascination. Yet aside from its obvious purpose of leisure, tourism is also a major player in world economics, responsible for 10% of global GDP. It may seem cynical to critically evaluate cultural exchanges and foreign travel, but underneath the pleasant surface lie issues that must be analyzed to Read More

Nigeria’s Elections: What Buhari’s Win Tells Us

2 years ago ccwa 0
Many of us in the United States cannot fathom what our own political system would look like if an opposition party never won a presidential election. Would we still have the Federalists or the Democratic Republicans? A healthy democracy requires opposition; it requires differences of opinion, and a sense of voter efficacy. Nigeria’s democracy, the Read More