The Coup D’etat that Halted Myanmar’s Democratic Rise

Written by: Garrett Halak With many clinging onto Myanmar’s young democracy and its promise of free elections, the citizens of the country have taken to the streets. Prompted by the coup d’etat that occurred on February 1st, Myanmar’s quasi-democracy is watching its own demise as the Tatmadaw regains political power.   The Southeast Asian country of…

Power Play Along Ethnic Lines: The Tigray Conflict Explained

Written by: Lydia Nyachieo Thursday, November 26 marks the day Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed commenced the “final stage” of the government’s military offensive in the northern Ethiopian province of Tigray against the fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). After giving the Tigray fighters an ultimatum to surrender that expired on November 25th,…

From Rich to Poor

Written by: Pooja Gundimeda Back in 2015, Guyana, a small South American country, was projected to become the Western Hemisphere’s next big oil producer. The world paid attention to this small country when Exxon Mobil announced a significant oil discovery, about 120 miles off its coastline. While drilling, the company encountered more than 90 meters…

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…

Corbynism Must Live On

Written by: Daniel Zaydman The Labour Party’s Corbyn Era came to an end on April 4th as Keir Starmer beat fellow Members of Parliament Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in Labour’s leadership election with 56.2 percent of the vote. Labour’s change in leadership comes after the party suffered a major defeat in last December’s general…

Election Casts an Uncertain Future for South America’s Newest Petro-State

Written by: Jadalyn Eagens Guyana is the third poorest country in South America with a population of about 780,000 people, roughly four times the population of Madison. The former British sugar colony recently discovered oil 120 miles off its coast, the timing of which coincided with the country’s presidential elections, which took place on March…

Voting Technology: Compromising Security in the name of Modernity?

Written by: Molly Kehoe In the age of constant technological developments, digitized voting systems are a long time coming. This year two attempts to implement voting applications have failed.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political party, Likud, tried to put a voting app in place for the March 2nd election. In early February an independent…

Sanna Marin: A New Age of Leadership

Written by: Dana Craig Former President Barack Obama recently addressed young female leaders during his remarks at a private speaking engagement: “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything. If you look at the…

A Democracy in Danger: The Right’s Coup in Bolivia

Written by: Daniel Zaydman The last few months have been a tumultuous time for much of Latin America. Political unrest has swept the region, claiming Bolivia as its most recent victim. On November 10, former Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced out of office in a coup after election authorities claimed the most recent presidential…