Africa Brief

Supporters of the Ivorian Popular Front rally before the reception of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo in his hometown of Mama, Ivory Coast, on June 13.

Ivory Coast Leader Returns After a Decade Away

Acquitted at the International Criminal Court, former President Laurent Gbagbo could play a role in the current government.

A woman looks at Twitter on her smartphone in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 29, 2018.

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Has a Lesson for Big Tech

The social media company faces tough questions in talks with the government to restore access to 40 million users.

Namibian skulls from the German Empire's genocide are repatriated.

Europe Repents in Africa

Germany and France have formally acknowledged their roles in the continent’s 20th-century genocides.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Rwandan President Paul Kagame to an international conference on Sudan in Paris on May 17.

Macron Goes to Africa

The French president is seeking to project influence, build new alliances, repair old rifts, and defuse the immigration issue at home.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official opening of the renovated Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Sept. 26, 2020.

Kenya’s High Court Lays Down the Law

In a show of judicial independence, the court declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposed political reforms unconstitutional.

Then-African National Congress Secretary-General Elias Sekgobelo “Ace” Magashule speaks to the media during a party meeting on land expropriation policy in Johannesburg on May 19, 2018.

South Africa’s Unaccountable Ruling Party

The ANC descends into infighting again as it tries to suspend top officials facing corruption charges.

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos visits the Portuguese corporation Efacec’s new electric mobility industrial unit in Maia, Portugal, on Feb. 5, 2018.

The Downfall of an Angolan Dynasty

The crumbling of the dos Santos family empire reveals how Western companies allegedly enabled corruption in Africa.

People wash clothes and rams in the Bani River in Mopti, Mali, on March 19.

How Climate Change Drives Conflict in Mali

Military solutions won’t end terrorism in the Sahel. Addressing the environmental factors destroying livelihoods and fueling extremist groups’ recruitment could.

Older people queue for the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine outside a tent as nurses work at a local hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, on March 29.

COVAX Obstacles Threaten Africa’s Vaccine Rollout

Underfunding and India’s export restrictions mean some African citizens may have to wait until 2023 to get their shot.

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.

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