Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was elected because of his promise to wipe out Boko Haram. So far he has been unsuccessful. (Credit Getty Images)

Nigeria: An African Giant Divided

By Aalok Joshi On January 17th the Nigerian air force moved forward with operations in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, bombing what they thought was a Boko Haram hideout. However, this supposed hideout turned…


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Zimbabwe – A Future Resurrection?

By Jackie Olson About 20 miners a year die from the desperate efforts to find gold within the caverns in Johannesburg, South Africa. Called “Zama Zama” from the Zulu tribal phrase: ‘men who try to…


The Colombian government delegation head negotiator Humberto de la Calle (2-L), and High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo (R), are received by former mayor of Bogota Antanas Mockus (2-R) upon their arrival in Bogota, Colombia, 26 August 2016. (EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA)

Peace Deals and Populism in Colombia

By Adithya Sivakumar 2016, regardless of its flaws, was a reactionary year. However, the interesting component of decisions made throughout this cycle has been that populism, not necessarily politicians, have fueled these choices. From Trump to…



Chinonso Opara, MD Candidate 2018, in the labor and delivery room at Lwala Community Hospital in Migori County, Kenya, during October 2016

Systems-Based Healthcare in Lwala

By Chinonso Opara Being a Nigerian-born American, I have grown to understand that the benefit of living and working in a first world country is not necessarily lifestyle and “Western amenities”. Nor is it the…



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Costa Rica: Renewable Energy’s Success Story

By Derek Brody Costa Rica is a Central American nation known primarily for its lush rainforests and booming tourism industry, but this year it is attempting to make another claim to notoriety as the first…


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Castro’s Complicated Legacy

By Victoria Herring On November 25th, two cities just 90 miles away from each other experienced a radically different array of emotions. In Havana, the streets were silent; some people wept and others retreated into…