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

There is a Bear in the Woods: False Starts

On Christmas Day 1991, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over all power to the Russian President. At 7:32pm, the Soviet Hammer and Sickle that flew over the Kremlin was lowered and replaced with the Russian tricolor. Overnight the world’s oldest, largest, and most powerful Communist state had ceased to exist. The future of this wayward state was now in the hands of Boris Yeltsin. Continue reading There is a Bear in the Woods: False Starts

FBB St. Patrick’s Day Special: Are we on the Brink of a United Ireland?

While the details of the final terms of the “Brexit” deal are yet to be seen, the uncertainty of what is to come has already resulted in major geopolitical shifts – both real and rumored. While some of these rumored shifts are more believable than others, there is one that stands out as particularly interesting given the events of the last century: the reunification of Ireland. Continue reading FBB St. Patrick’s Day Special: Are we on the Brink of a United Ireland?

Bear in the Woods: Series Announcement

In keeping with the mission of FBB to provide well researched informative material, We are happy to announce that we will be publishing a suite of articles outlining the history of Russia since the end of the Cold War and providing an analysis of their supposed motives and long term foreign policy goals. Continue reading Bear in the Woods: Series Announcement