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About waljemr

Matt Walje lives in Denver, CO with his wife Tessa where he works as a Project Coordinator for the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) project. He is a Sié Fellow at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies, where he is projected to graduate in June with a Master's in International Human Rights. He is an alum of William Jewell College with BAs in International Relations and Political Science.

Colonial Guilt?

The last French colony in Africa to achieve Independence was the former French Somaliland, now known as Djibouti, in 1977. Post-colonial French/African relations had begun to normalize after the end of Françafrique Policy in the 1990s. However, in the last few … Continue reading

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This isn’t about us.

When we look at the most recent Freedomhouse.org map of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Southern tip of Africa stands out as consolidated bastion of “Free” states on a continent that is almost entirely dominated by Partly Free and Not Free states. In … Continue reading

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What Your Piracy Is Saying About You

The last few decades have seen the resurgence of an old problem off the Eastern and Western coasts of Africa. Piracy, while somewhat novel, is a form of organized crime which occurs at sea but originates from some sovereign territory. … Continue reading

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