Author: Graham Benedict

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Marathon - Sambodromo - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/08/2016. Feyisa Lilesa (ETH) of Ethiopia celebrates as he wins silver      REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Ethiopia 2016: Downward Spiral or Growing Pains?

Ethiopia has been on the rise. For the past fifteen years, Africa’s second-most populous country has posted undeniably impressive marks in various economic development indicators. Aggressive government policies and large amounts of foreign aid have lifted millions out of poverty and improved quality of life to such a point that […]

A Conversation with Ambassador Shinn

A Conversation with Ambassador Shinn

Why is a region of over one billion young, industrious people so widely ignored by media circles? Why is a continent three times the size of the United States absent from that same country’s foreign policy priorities? What is really going on in Africa? Those were just some of the […]

The Northern Triangle: A Call To Action and a Key To Security

The Northern Triangle: A Call To Action and a Key To Security

Since the spring of 2014, the United States has been struggling to deal with an unprecedented influx of young, unaccompanied migrants from Central America. The massive increase in displaced people, combined with the already difficult security situation on America’s southern border and the politically contentious nature of immigration policy, is […]

Rethinking the Jihadist Threat in Syria

Rethinking the Jihadist Threat in Syria

Amidst the chaos, suffering, and confusion of the Syrian Civil War, popular rhetoric in the media has understandably swung towards a rudimentary, far-simplified explanation of the conflict. It has been painted as a stalemated bloodbath between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria […]