Middle East & Africa

Boko Haram: An Unknown Terror

3 years ago ccwa 0
To understand the role of Boko Haram in Nigeria one must first understand what Boko Haram is; the problem is no one has been able to do that. They have been described as a militant group, founded in 2002 by the now deceased MohammedYusuf. The group is currently led by Abubakar Shekauis who has underlined Read More

Graffiti: Voice of the Egyptian Youth

3 years ago ccwa 0
As violence erupted in the streets of Cairo in 2011 following protests against oppressive President Hosni Mubarak, the world witnessed the bloom of an art form as well. Although graffiti has existed in many forms for centuries, often associated with violence, vandalism, gangs, and youth recklessness, the art that appears on walls in Cairo often Read More

Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Importance of Following Through

3 years ago ccwa 0
As a child, one of the life lessons my parents taught me was to always finish what you start.  When you start something, you don’t just abandon it halfway through because you find it difficult, or it’s taking longer than you initially imagined. I have internalized this lesson, and try to live up to it Read More

Abbas’ Next Move

3 years ago ccwa 1
Lately, the details of the US sponsored framework agreement for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been leaking into the news stream. That border issues, the status of Palestinian refugees, and security arrangements have all been major issues discussed should not surprise anyone involved. However, the slow and unreliable release of the specific Read More

Psychological barriers: Walls throughout history

4 years ago ccwa 0
Every day when we step out of our front doors, we are faced with the possibility of death. We could slip and fall down a flight of stairs, get hit by a bus or car, or suffer a heart attack. Yet, most of these potential threats do not scare people as much as the idea Read More

Extremism in Africa: Lingering questions

4 years ago ccwa 0
It was only a few weeks ago that the world was made aware of the horrifying violence that took place at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The four-day siege, which left at least 67 dead, was covered extensively in worldwide media. In the wake of the attack, questions were asked of assailant identity, motivation and Read More

The memefication of activism: Kony 2012 a year on

4 years ago ccwa 2
For me, the most remarkable thing about the Kony 2012 campaign wasn’t its epidemic-like spread but rather how quickly people seemed to forget about it. A cursory look at Google Trends shows that searches for “Kony” plummeted by the middle of March, well before the campaign’s planned day of action on April 20. (ed.: Could Read More

The Next Generation of African Leaders

4 years ago ccwa 0
“Madness does not govern a country; discussion does” – so says an old Ethiopian proverb which many of Africa’s leaders over the past fifty years would have been well to heed. Talk to any African person of a certain age, and they will tell you about what it was like to be finally free of Read More

My time in Jordan: A nation of paradox

4 years ago ccwa 0
I just recently arrived to the United States from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where I spent a month studying Arabic in an immersed setting. I found the experience to be the most pivotal of my study of the language thus far, and I learned more of the language and culture than I ever expected Read More

Syria: A Proxy War?

4 years ago ccwa 0
Until recently the conflict in Syria was a war between minorities and the Sunni Muslim majority, with Iran and Hezbollah supporting Syria and the Gulf States supporting the Free Syrian Army. Though both sides have strong supporters on the world stage, Russia and the FSA’s European allies had both previously agreed to ban the sale Read More