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The Tumultuous Politics of the U.S.'s Alliance with Turkey

By Jennifer Kim Published November 5, 2015

Written by Jennifer Kim, 11/05/2015 The border between Turkey and Syria is a vital crossing location for foreign fighters seeking to join IS as well as an ideal location for the U.S. to conduct military operations. However, despite the alliance, Turkey has also very recently admitted to attacking another vital ally of the U.S. - the Kurds. The U.S. is now caught in the midst of a long-standing regional conflict in its attempts to ally itself with every group in the region that can help it fight IS-- and such a tenuous position may eventually shake the solidity of the U.S.'s stance in the region.


Burkina Faso Ends Coup on Peaceful Terms

By Jennifer Kim Published October 2, 2015

Since the coup of 2014, Burkina Faso has been looking forward to a new democratic election in October. However, a recent coup by the disposed ex-president's personal guard threw the nation into a crisis for several days, with people protesting in the streets and troops converging on the coup's leaders. While the crisis was ultimately resolved with coup leaders backing down through a compromise and the new election set for November, the future of peace in Burkina Faso is still far from clear.


Was Boris Nemtsov Simply the Latest in a Long List of Putin-Critics Silenced by the Kremlin?

By Jennifer Kim Published March 13, 2015

In the past few weeks, Russia has been reeling in the wake of the murder of prominent Putin-opposer Boris Nemtsov. Putin has since decried the killing, denying any hand in the attack-- but can he really be believed?


Argentinean Prosecutor Death: Assassination, Suicide, or Coup?

By Jennifer Kim Published February 20, 2015

Argentina plunged into turmoil only a few weeks ago when it was discovered that a prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead in his home only hours before he was set to testify in front of Congress over President Kirchner's involvement in shielding alleged Iranian terrorists in exchange for trade agreements. Recent findings have since emerged, leaving some fully convinced of Kirchner's involvement in the suspicious death-- and others less sure.


What Happened to "Bring Back Our Girls?" While the World Forgets, Boko Haram Continues Abductions

By Jennifer Kim Published November 9, 2014

Six months ago, the world erupted over the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian school girls by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. The issue became global, with the twitter campaign #bringbackourgirls trending worldwide and supported by widely recognized figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama. Their plight was soon forgotten, but their situation, and the attacks of Boko Haram, are far from gone.


When Charity Goes Wrong: Should NGOs Stop Taking Foreign Aid?

By Jennifer Kim Published October 24, 2014

While NGOs are the driving force in non-profit work worldwide, not all motivations for funding NGOs are purely charitable. Backlash against foreign aid is growing worldwide, with nations concerned about foreign interests working through NGOs to further their own political agendas. However, considering the massive positive impact NGOs have had in communities"”particularly in the developing world"”should they truly have such a large source of their funding cut off?