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Representing GP and IRC in D.C.

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This past week, I took my pursuit of understanding global peace and security studies on the road. I attended, along with other UCF International Relations Club (IRC) members, the 11th annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington, D.C. The overall theme of the conference was […]

Chinese Investment in Africa

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Chinese President Xi Jingping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, pledges another $60 billion to be used in Africa for development projects within the continent. Xi announced that the money will be used for initiatives including building more infrastructure and giving scholarships to Africans for education. China lent $125 billion to Africa between 2000-2016 (BBC). […]

Sudan Dissolves Parliament; Begins Cabinet Overhaul

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that he plans to “form a lean and functioning government” as he began a complete government reform (ST). This reform included dissolving the current parliament, as well as eliminating nearly a third of the ministry positions within the government (Reuters). In addition, al-Bashir appointed Montazz Moussa as prime minister, and […]

Ethiopia-Eritrea First Talks In 20 Years

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On Tuesday, high-level leaders from Ethiopia and Eritrea “opened the doors of peace” after nearly two decades of military stand-offs (Reuters). In a rapid series of policy changes or reversals, Ethiopia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his government would fully implement a UN peace agreement made in 2000 (AJ). Ethiopia’s rapidly growing economy […]

UCF’s International Relations Club Travels to Washington D.C.

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When I am not busy researching African politics and development, I spend my free time as treasurer of the International Relations Club (IRC). IRC is an organization that fosters discussion on international issues and current events, while promoting students’ academic and professional development. Last week, 15 IRC members – including Global Perspectives’ Bok Human Trafficking […]

Uncertainty after Odinga Withdraws from Kenyan Election Re-Run

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On Tuesday, Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga announced he was dropping out of the re-run presidential election against incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. In September, after Odinga petitioned the results of the initial August election to the Supreme Court, the election was annulled due to electoral irregularities. A fresh election was scheduled for October 26, but after […]