Africa

Children play soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 7, 2010. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Scramble for Africa’s Athletes

Shady sports agents have taken a page from human traffickers. They’re luring young men to Europe with promises of fame and exploiting them instead.

Sudanese workers unload an aid shipment organized by the United States Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme in Port Sudan on May 5, 2016. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

Foreign Aid Makes America Safer

Critics of overseas development assistance say it's a waste. The evidence shows that investments in public health enhance stability and security.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

Then-Congressman Mike Pompeo listens as Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Has Been Undermining the State Department Since the Benghazi Investigation

Trump's nominee for secretary of state must answer for the false claims and recycled conspiracies he propagated.

Jewish workers drill for water in Kfar Monash, a farm in the British Mandate of Palestine, in August 1946. (Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images)

How to Defeat Drought

Cape Town is running out of water. Israel offers some lessons on how to avoid that fate.

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The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.

Asylum seekers in a demo against the deportations to Rwanda in from of Rwanda embassy in Herzelia

For Once We Were Strangers

In Israel, thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers are stuck in limbo. Photographer Kobi Wolf documents a national crisis.

Abiy Ahmed, newly elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia, addresses the house of Parliament in Addis Ababa, after the swearing in ceremony on April 2, 2018.

Can Abiy Ahmed Save Ethiopia?

The announcement of a new prime minister has led to widespread celebrations, but reforming the country without alienating the army will not be easy.

Gen. Thomas Waldhauser holds a news conference in Djibouti on April 23, 2017.  (Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Militaristic Africa Policy Will Backfire

Instead, the United States should pursue a holistic, long-term strategy.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., tours a U.S.-funded supermarket in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on May 21, 2017.  (Raad Adayleh/AFP/Getty Images)

Haley: Vote With U.S. at U.N. or We’ll Cut Your Aid

In a proposed aid overhaul, Nikki Haley embraces an “America first” foreign policy.

President Donald Trump speaks before a luncheon with African leaders at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20, 2017 in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Eyes Retired Diplomat for Top Africa Envoy Role

The decision comes as Tillerson departs on his first tour of the continent as secretary of state.

African asylum-seekers protest at the Holot detention center in Israel's Negev Desert, on Feb. 17, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP/ Getty Images)

A Light Unto Some Nations

How Israel's policy toward African asylum-seekers transformed it from a land of refuge into a land of deportation.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

Penitents crucify a statue of Jesus Christ during the Good Friday procession in Sicily on April 6, 2012. (MARCELLO PATERNOSTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Make the Papal States Great Again

Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.

Burundian children, who fled their country, stand behind a fence as they wait to be registered as refugees at Nyarugusu camp, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. (Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees

Poor countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis. Tanzania’s refusal to bear the cost of a new U.N. program is a warning to the West.

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