How China Uses Its Fishing Fleet to Increase Its Own Power

Written by: Cooper Stewart As China continues to cement and expand its superpower status, a growing number of people believe China is on an inevitable path toward conflict with the U.S. and other Asian nations. That conflict is already here, at least in a naval sense, as the Indonesian navy fired upon and destroyed Chinese…

Is a Strategic Realignment Coming to the Middle East?

Written by: Cooper Stewart On December 10, 2020, Israel and Morocco agreed to formalize relations with one another in a landmark deal mediated by the United States. This makes Morocco the fourth Arab League member to open official ties with Israel in 2020, following the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, which signed the Abraham…

Revisiting Mad Mike Hoarse and the Legacy of Mercenaries in the Congo

Written by: Cooper Stewart Few places in the 20th century have been as unstable and volatile as the Congo region, or  what is today known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its troubled history included a  period immediately following its independence from Belgium in 1960 to the formation of a dictatorship in 1965 would…

Will There Be a Coup in Guinea-Bissau?

Written by: Cooper Stewart On the Atlantic coast of West Africa, in a country a little larger than Vermont, a constitutional crisis of leadership is occurring. The crisis has left analysts and experts around the globe apprehensive about the possibility of a coup if the current political tensions do not abate. This is the situation…

Mugabe and the Failure of the Revolutionary Mindset

Written by: Cooper Stewart Oftentimes when one looks back on the period of decolonization in Africa, one tends to focus heavily on the indigenous independence movements that arose from the wave of anti-imperialist fervor that swept the continent. Yet out of all of the new countries that arose in Africa throughout the fifties, sixties, and…

South Africa at Crossroads: Land Reform and Redistribution

Written by: Cooper Stewart Controversy erupted in U.S.-South African relations recently when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sharply criticized South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to enact his plan for distributing land to the country’s black majority. Although Pompeo and Ramaphosa both believe that land redistribution will impact the South African economy, they are…