Articles by: Andrew Boling

An Afghan man holds up a stained purple finger indicating that he cast his ballot. Image by Chris Allison.

Turning Point: Afghanistan Chooses a New President

As rain pelted the shrouded men entering the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque in Kabul on April 5, attendants inside rushed back and forth, trying to minimize damage and prevent further chaos. Luckily, the problem they were responding to wasn’t a suicide bomber, but an altogether different and far more pleasant […]

by · May 12, 2014 · World
Free Syrian Army (FSA) soldiers train to effectively resist the forces of Bashar al-Assad. Source: FreedomHouse

How Far They’ve Come

The conflict in Syria, bloody since its beginnings in March 2011, has turned into a full-scale civil war between the government of Bashar al-Assad and rebels loosely gathered under the name of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). What began as a violent crackdown on peaceful protests has now evolved into […]

by · March 6, 2013 · Features and Opinion, World
A protester marches in Cairo against President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Critics have stated that Morsi's constitution gives him overreaching powers that are reminiscent of those given to former dictator Hosni Mubarak. Source: Gigi Ibrahim

The Arab Spring: When will Summer Arrive?

Nearly a year and a half after the death of Colonel Gadhafi and almost two years past the fall of Mubarak, the Arab Spring has stalled in the achievement of its goals. Out of headlines for a few weeks, Egypt has been back in the news recently for protests against […]

by · February 4, 2013 · World
A French Mirage fighter jet wages war against Al Qaeda’s Maghreb forces in Mali.

Crisis in Mali

In a dramatic update to the ongoing conflict in the West African nation of Mali, French armed forces have begun military operations against Islamic extremists who control the northern region of the country. Air strikes by French Mirage and Rafael fighter jets as well as French ground troops sent to […]

by · January 24, 2013 · World