Middle East & Africa

The Feud

2 years ago ccwa 0
It’s no secret that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United States President Barack Obama don’t always get along, or agree on most things. However, what has happened in the past two weeks has dramatically reshaped the two leaders’ relationship. A common narrative runs throughout all the accounts of the Bibi-in-Congress fiasco. It appears that Read More

A New Discussion of Islam

2 years ago ccwa 0
In the wake of recent global events and the spiking proliferation of the subject across all news sources, I find myself distraught with the current discourse on the Muslim faith. Across the spectrum that is cable TV, from liberal hippies to crackpot conservatives, I can only see poles, a conversation with no grey area. For Read More

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

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

Mountain Men: The Caucasus and the Future of Global Terrorism

3 years ago ccwa 0
In recent months news coverage and American counterterrorism policies have been dominated by the Islamic State—the latest name of the militant extremist group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—and its campaign in Iraq and Syria. Though certainly warranted, this focus has caused many in the American public and intelligence community to lose sight of similarly dangerous Read More

Coke in the Desert, and Everywhere Else

3 years ago ccwa 2
Coke is everywhere. In fact, here at the Ohio State University, it is impossible to buy anything else thanks to a lucrative deal that means only coke products can be sold on campus. Given all the product placement and athletic endorsements coke products receive on our televisions here in America, you would assume that America Read More

Nigeria: A Tale of One Country

3 years ago ccwa 0
Earlier this year Nigeria became Africa’s largest economy, boasting a GDP of $510 billion dollars. This change happened mostly because Nigeria’s GDP, or rather the way it was measured, was revised. The revised GDP was an understandable triumph not only for Nigeria, but also for much of Sub-Saharan Africa. The end of the apartheid era Read More

The Missing Girl Phenomenon: Impotence and Activism

3 years ago ccwa 0
#BringBackOurGirls is little more than another hashtag to the majority of users on Twitter. It reminded me of the hashtags “#StopKony” and “#Kony2012” which referred to the Ugandan warlord indicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2005, but who has since evaded capture. I remember Read More

A Two-Nation Solution

3 years ago ccwa 2
It appears that Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to bring a final settlement agreement, or even a framework agreement forward between the Israelis and Palestinians will not be accomplished in his nine-month span. Unfortunately, it does not even appear that talks will continue as Israel has balked at Palestinian conditions that were actually quite Read More

The Cultural Cauldron of Dubai

3 years ago ccwa 0
The city of Dubai is a site to behold. The main city of the Dubai Emirate is a shining example of the petrol-driven development that began to sweep the Persian Gulf states in the latter portion of the last century. Although Dubai is visually striking, contradiction permeates the city as it struggles to balance traditional Read More