“He was a source of joy for his entire family and neighborhood. You couldn’t just pass by him and not smile. Everyone in the neighborhood felt the same way. When you saw him, you would burst out laughing. That was ...

What it means to be Black in Russia is an understudied topic. This is primarily due to the fact that the Black population in Russia is minuscule, making up an estimated .03% of the Russian population. In an interview with ...

By Kira Liljegren and Piya Garg Last month, violence erupted along the disputed ⅓ of the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. The recent escalation is yet another chapter in a long history of border conflict between the two countries, whose clashes are generally ...

On Feb. 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed his citizens about the “fundamental threats” the west poses with the expansion of NATO to Eastern Europe and Ukraine. Three days later, Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine. What started as ...

As the war in Ukraine ensues, Georgia looks back to its own war with Russia. Although the 2008 Russo-Georgian War lasted only five days, the war and its aftermath impacted the rights of the Georgian people, the sovereignty of the ...

When I told my peers I would be embarking on a trip to Kyrgyzstan, their first question was, “what on Earth is that?”. From outhouses to striking embassies, my personal experience on the USC Maymester to Kyrgyzstan in May 2022 ...

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN – According to World Bank Governance Indicators, since achieving independence in 1991, Kyrgyzstan has consistently ranked in the bottom quarter of all countries in terms of political stability, a fact that is not surprising for a nation that ...

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN — Beaten, bruised and silenced; this was the fate of Kamil Ruziev, a human rights defender and lawyer based in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, placed in prison on bogus charges of fraud and forgery of government documents. The irony, ...

On Feb. 24, Russia launched their highly anticipated, yet much dreaded, invasion of Ukraine. The entire world was quickly brought into the conflict: state governments made calculated promises of aid and commercial companies halted operations in Russia as sanctions were ...

American civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” When those that have the freedom and liberty to exercise their rights choose to remain silent, an unimaginable amount of power ...