Gambia Intervention: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Days after losing an election and promising to cede power, long-time ruler of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh retracted that promise, and The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is a sub-unit of the African Union, declared that if Jammeh did not resign his post by the planned inauguration date of the 19th, that they would authorize a military intervention to remove him by force. It is 90 days exactly since the original ultimatum deadline for Jammeh’s term, so now seems a natural time to look back at those events and examine the end results. Continue reading Gambia Intervention: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Gambia, the ECOWAS, and Deposing Despots

Yahya Jammeh has ruled The Gambia for over two decades. But, last month, everything changed. Adama Barrow, a Western-educated businessman and politician, backed by a coalition of seven opposition and independent parties, won what appeared to be a free and fair election, only for Jammeh to reject the results. Continue reading The Gambia, the ECOWAS, and Deposing Despots

Sunday Travels: Methane in Marrakech

So here we all were, global corporate leaders, diplomats, scientists, activists, and a few people from the best university in the World, discussing how to make the changes we want to see. How to implement these lofty, but achievable, goals as outlined in the Paris agreement broadly, and by each country specifically. Especially in wake of the second largest emitter in the world electing a man who doesn’t believe climate change is real to be President. Continue reading Sunday Travels: Methane in Marrakech