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Nigeria and Neighbors Unite Against the Threat of Boko Haram

By Frances Yang Published February 20, 2015

Boko Haram's hold within Nigeria has begun to spread across Western Africa in the past few months. In response to safety, political, and economic concerns, the African Union has proposed a joint military effort to combat Boko Haram and finally reinstate stability within the region.


Nigeria: The Future for Kidnapped Schoolgirls

By Frances Yang Published November 9, 2014

When news of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria broke last year, public outcry mobilized to advocate for their release. More than six months later, the girls are still held captive with a dismal forecast for further negotiations. However, the future of these kidnapped girls may lie in a focus on the larger issues of Boko Haram's 12-year violent campaign.


Syrian Refugees: An International Game of Hot Potato

By Frances Yang Published October 24, 2014

The mounting Syrian refugee crisis has found an unstable temporary solution in neighboring countries. Countries are closing their doors, and the question of who will pitch in to offer asylum to these 3 million refugees must move to the forefront of international coordination and agreement.