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September 12, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Why Understanding the Role of Women is Vital in the Fight Against Terrorism

Eighteen years since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, violent extremism persists unabated. U.S. national security leaders have consistently neglected one vital factor: the participation of …

Women gesture as they stand together al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 2, 2019.

September 11, 2019

South Africa
Poor South Africans Attacking Foreign-Owned Business

Mob attacks on foreign-owned shops in Johannesburg have damaged relations between South Africa and Nigeria. The Nigerian government has announced that it is evacuating some four hundred Nigerians from South Africa. The violence is being characterized as “xenophobic,” which, by all accounts, it is. But the story is more complicated, and aspects of it have roots in apartheid South Africa and the dislocations resulting from too-rapid urbanization.

A man stands and looks among the burnt out cars at his dealership in Johannesburg, South Africa, following attacks.

September 4, 2019

Southeast Asia
What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever?

Earlier this month, the Myanmar government embarked upon a new plan to begin repatriating Rohingya who had fled Rakhine State after waves of brutal violence there. It was the second time Naypyidaw tr…

Rohingya refugees play football at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 27, 2018.

August 29, 2019

Nigeria
Here Comes the Bride: Nigerian Weddings in Houston

A focus of the story is on the importance of fabrics used at a traditional Yoruba wedding and there is an extensive description of the various types of dress. Further, as is traditional among the Yoruba, the wedding couple pay for the matching dress of family and friends. As is also typical among the Yoruba, the guest list numbers in the hundreds, a hold-over from Yorubaland (and elsewhere in Nigeria) where life events include the entire community.

A Nigerian bride shows off her pink and white wedding dress and clutch.

August 28, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Keeping an Eye on Uganda’s Stability

Recently, Ugandan civil society organizations warned about the likelihood of increasing political violence leading up to the country’s 2021 general elections. Disturbing incidents of opposition figures like Bobi Wine being arrested and beaten, journalists being punished for covering those who challenge the state, and people associated with the new political opposition, like Michael Kalinda, being abducted, tortured, and even killed certainly support the case for sounding the alarm. 

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni sitting in attendance the High Level Consultation Meetings of Heads of State and Government on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 17, 2019

August 22, 2019

Nigeria
Home to Over Half the Population, Nigeria's Cities Continue to Boom

At independence in 1960, Lagos had an estimated population of 763,000; today it is about 13 million. Together with Lagos state, the population reaches 21 million. While Lagos is by far the largest city in Nigeria, security concerns, rural poverty, and hopes for greater economic opportunity are driving people to cities all over the country.

People, buses, and motorbikes move along roads on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria in front of skyscrapers.

August 13, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate

When Richard Nixon lost California’s governor’s race in 1962, political pundits declared his dream of becoming president dead. After all, winning presidential candidates usually come off of electoral…

Beto O’Rourke

August 12, 2019

International Organizations
Is Tourism an Antidote to the Global Wave of Nationalism and Xenophobia?

Mass international tourism has become a hallmark of globalization, but the question of whether it leads to peace is up for debate.

Tourists visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, on September 16, 2014.

August 8, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Tim Ryan, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Niles, Ohio is one of the few places in the United States that can say it is the birthplace of a president. America’s twenty-fifth president, William McKinley, was born and raised in the town, which …

Tim Ryan

August 8, 2019

Refugees and Displaced Persons
U.S. Refugee Resettlement Shrinking as Need From Africa Continues Growing

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), out of the 1.2 million refugees worldwide that needed resettlement in 2018, only fifty-five thousand were actually resettled—a mere 4.7 percent of the global need. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts twenty-six percent of the world’s refugee population.

An aerial view shows rows upon rows of recently constructed shacks at the Kakuma refugee camp.