Category: Africa

Nigerian Government Bombs Refugee Camp: Another Failed Attempt at Defeating Boko Haram

After nearly a decade of fighting a bloody insurgency against this militant group, the Nigerian government has made yet another disastrous attempt at putting forward its agenda to defeat Boko Haram, a jihadist organization that in the past few years has…

The Forgotten Conflict of Burundi

Burundi, an African country located in the region of the Great Lakes, is going through a worrying crisis rapidly deteriorating into a civil war, opposing the government to its population, since April 2015… but no one is talking about it.…

The ICC’s Quest for Accountability Continues

While international convention has allowed states to punish global piracy since antiquity, perpetrators of genocide were largely able to avoid the same international culpability until the establishment of the UN’s anti-genocide treaty in 1948. The treaty was successfully used to…

The Central African Republic: What Happens Now?

On Thursday, October 31st, 2016, France ended its operations and pulled its 2000 troops from the Central African Republic.  Operation Sangaris, as it was known, was an operation by the French military that began in December of 2013. The Central African Republic (CAR)…

South Africa’s Withdrawal from the ICC: A Potential Compromise of Judicial Integrity

On October 21st, 2016 South Africa decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court following Burundi’s decision earlier that week. In the midst of increasing criticism and accusations of anti-African bias, the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be on the…

South Africa to Baltimore: The Place of Violence in Civil Protest

In the fall of 2015, university students in South Africa protested the announcement of impending tuition fee hikes of 10%. In initial response to the protests, the South African government promised to only increase tuition by 6%. After about two months of…

First Comes War, Then Comes Famine

They’ve killed upwards of 20,000 people through suicide bombs and armed raids, decimated large swaths of land, taken hostages and prisoners, and disrupted the oil production of a country dependent on its revenues. The international spotlight is focused on the…