Africa Brief

Chadian President Idriss Déby casts his ballot at a polling station in N'djamena on April 11.

Why the World Won’t Criticize Chad

Western democracies look the other way as a dictatorial ally in the war on terror holds another election marred by violence and intimidation.

A member of the Amhara special forces and a member of the Amhara militia stand at Ethiopia’s border crossing with Eritrea in Humera, Ethiopia, on Nov. 22, 2020.

How Far Will the Ethiopian-Eritrean Alliance Go?

Former foes have found a common enemy in the TPLF. Will it lead beyond battlefield cooperation?

Supporters of Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, and local and foreign journalists are assaulted by Uganda Military Police outside the U.N. Human Rights Offices in Kampala on Feb. 17.

Is Uganda Returning to the “Dark Days”?

As protesters disappear, Bobi Wine’s opposition is demanding answers from the Museveni regime.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 22.

The United States Returns to Africa

After Trump’s insults and detachment, the Biden administration is crafting a new, more engaged approach to the continent.

Protesters at Place de la Nation in Dakar, Senegal, on March 8.

Senegal’s Political Crisis

A country seen as a bulwark of stability faces mass unrest.

An aerial shot of temporary houses for displaced people in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, on Feb. 24.

Mozambique’s Forgotten Insurgency

Militants and mercenaries have killed thousands in the country’s north—and the government has done little to halt the violence.

Women mourn the victims of a massacre allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean soldiers in the village of Dengolat, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, on Feb. 26.

Did Eritrea Commit War Crimes in Ethiopia?

The Ethiopian government is facing mounting allegations that foreign soldiers and Amhara regional forces committed atrocities during the war in Tigray.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture in Johannesburg on Nov. 16, 2020.

Is Jacob Zuma Headed for Jail?

South Africa’s former president failed to show up at a corruption inquiry. The country’s Constitutional Court is now deciding whether he should be arrested.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli speaks in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29, 2020.

Africa’s COVID-19 Denialist-in-Chief

John Magufuli’s coronavirus denialism and refusal of vaccines have put millions of Tanzanians at risk.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, delivers a speech in Nairobi on Nov. 26, 2018.

Will Somalia’s Missed Election Lead to Chaos?

The vote scheduled for early February was canceled, leading to uncertainty and a power vacuum in Mogadishu.

A protester gestures as he holds a placard at a live concert at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, on October 15, 2020, during a demonstration to protest against police brutality and scrapping of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerian Security Forces Shot Protesters. Will They Ever Face Justice?

New evidence emerged at a judicial panel, but the culture of impunity continues.

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