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  • Is a U.N. Mission to the Central African Republic the Answer?

    The United Nations Security Council on April 10 authorized a U.N. peacekeeping operation for the Central African Republic (CAR) of 10,000 troops and 1,800 police officers called the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission to CAR (MINUSCA). MINUSCA will replace the current African Union (AU) 6,000 troop Mission to the Central African … More

    Q&A on the Strife in Libya

    Libya is enduring almost daily attacks at the hands of nongovernment militias and Islamist militants. These undermining activities include stolen oil shipments, terrorist attacks, unlawful security checkpoints, and human rights abuses, and the list of violent and disruptive behavior at the hands of unrecognized armed militias and Islamist militants continues. … More

    Libya: Stolen Oil Requires U.S. Military Intervention

    In the most recent episode of insecurity in Libya, a rebel militia hijacked a Libyan oil vessel and transferred it to an unauthorized oil tanker. The eastern Libyan rebel militia led by Ibrahim Jathran has successfully maintained control over some of Libya’s oil terminals since July 2013, but until last … More

    Women’s Empowerment Starts with Economic Freedom

    Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s achievements and an opportunity to highlight the status of women around the world. International Women’s Day is not just about women, but it’s about the role men can and have played in championing gender equality. The role of men can be … More

    Africa: U.S. Leadership Needed to Promote Democracy

    Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World 2014 found that sub-Saharan Africa declined in all seven categories of global political rights and civil liberties. Most telling was that, of the 10 countries listed as the “Worst of the Worst” in this year’s report, five were African countries, including the Central … More

    Assad’s War on Terrorism Is a Misnomer

    The Syrian peace talks are cautiously proceeding despite Iran being invited and then disinvited from the talks, divisions within the Syrian government delegation, and utter disagreement over the possibility of a transitional government. Expectations for any type of political settlement to the war remain very low. Unsurprisingly, President Bashar al-Assad … More

    Q&A on the Trouble in South Sudan, the World’s Youngest Country

    South Sudan is dangerously close to becoming embroiled in a civil war. Rival factions within the national army clashed in the capital, resulting in an attempted coup at the beginning of the week. Two Indian U.N. peacekeepers have been killed in the Jonglei state. Over 500 people have been killed … More

    Iran Remains a Human Rights Abuser Despite an Interim Nuclear Deal

    In the wake of the recent nuclear deal with the West, Iran’s repressive regime remains hard at work, trampling on individual liberty at every opportunity. Iranians are not likely to see any improvements in the country’s dismal human rights record and continue to live in a state of fear. Iran … More

    Nelson Mandela: A Symbol of Compassion and Equality

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first democratic president of post-apartheid South Africa, has passed away at his home in Johannesburg after months of battling a recurring lung infection. Current South African President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation this evening announcing Mandela’s death and honoring his legacy, by stating, “Nelson Mandela was … More

    Boko Haram Terrorists Are Now Officially Terrorists

    The U.S. Department of State has finally designated the Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram and a splinter faction known as Ansaru as official foreign terrorist organizations (FTO). It’s about time. The Heritage Foundation has long been calling for the group’s official designation and warned about the alarming trends of religious … More