The Emergence of A Civil War – Increasingly Deadly Battles in Myanmar

Written by: Garrett Halak February 1st marks the one-year anniversary of the Myanmar military’s seizure of power and a prompt end to the country’s democratization process. The WIRe covered the inception of Tatmadaw’s rise to power in a previous article here. This coup d’etat occurred just prior to the second five-year term of Suu Kyi…

Partygate and British Political Decency

Written by: Nils Peterson Since January 12, 2022, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continued to fight for his political survival. When the rest of the United Kingdom was in a pandemic-induced lockdown, Number 10 Downing Street hosted parties. The UK police recently contacted the Prime Minister (PM) with a questionnaire to be returned within…

The Rise of China: a Comprehensive Review 

Written by: Ken Wang Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes up, she will move the world.” Many foreign powers have oppressed China and exploited its people during the colonial period, especially during the Qing dynasty and the aftermath of the Opium Wars. Even shortly…

Russia in Africa: A Mission to Replace the West

Written by: Audrey McGrory As negotiations between Russia and NATO have intensified following the heightened risk of Russian invasion into its neighbor and former Soviet republic, Ukraine, Russia’s advancements elsewhere—namely in Africa—are also worth monitoring.  In another example of Russia testing the West in their diplomatic capabilities, the country’s movements in Africa are interesting, though…

Fourth Covid Wave in Europe Forces Governments to Seek New Options

Written by: Sophia Halverson As Europe struggles with a fourth wave of Covid cases, country governments are once again being forced to make tough choices about how to deal with the virus. While most countries are reluctant to impose yet another lockdown, countries that have done so have been met with fierce demonstrations that have…

Corruption Underlies Vaccine Hesitancy in Eastern Europe

Written by: Peter LaBelle A glance at world COVID vaccination rates reveals a curious pattern. As one would expect, the percentage of a given country which has been vaccinated largely correlates with its wealth, with the highest percentages of the population vaccinated in Europe, North America, and parts of East Asia; reasonably high levels of…

Omicron Will Further Destabilize Civil Society and Economy Worldwide

Written by: Ken Wang Since late 2019, the emergence of COVID-19 has changed much of global life. Although scientists still do not know where the virus originated, China was the first country that took a hit and Wuhan, the city where the first massive outbreak was reported, went into full lockdown overnight. In a matter…

Revolutionary Beginnings in Chile

Written by: Elena Cata It was a small spark that ignited the flames of revolution in Chile in 2019. When the government increased the subway fare by a modest 4% in early October, high school students began jumping turnstiles at metro stations in the country’s capital, using the hashtag #EvasionMasiva (Mass Evasion) on social media….

U.S. Foreign Policy in Yemen’s Civil War

Written by: Christopher Ploumidis Introduction  The Yemeni civil war is a bloody conflict that has left an estimated two-hundred and thirty thousand dead and resulted in what the United Nations call “the worst humanitarian crisis” since 2019. In recent years, this crisis has garnered massive international attention due to the sheer amount of human suffering…

Israel v. Iran: An Underground Cyberwar Bubbling Up to the Surface

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow In all likelihood, you’ve probably heard of Stuxnet: a joint CIA/Mossad cyberattack that crippled Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2010. You may have even heard of Natanz, another Iranian centrifuge site that was targeted earlier this year and was attacked using a Stuxnet-style virus. This too was a Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence…