Middle East & Africa
Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

An Iranian warship nears the Strait of Hormuz.

Why the United States Can’t Touch Iran’s Atlantic-Bound Warships

International law blocks direct action on sovereign vessels even if they’re violating U.S. sanctions.

A health care worker salutes from a window of the Mulago National Referral Hospital on the first day of the country’s vaccination rollout after it received the first batch of AstraZeneca doses in Kampala, Uganda, on March 10.

Lack of Vaccines Fuels Terrorism in Africa

To avoid more instability, it is time for all wealthy nations to start sharing.

Sinopharm vaccine rollout in Zimbabwe

We Need a Better Game Plan to Reach Global Herd Immunity

The world is still vaccinating the few while neglecting the many.

A soldier stands next to kidnapped girls.

Nigeria’s Military Is Part of the Problem. It’s Also the Solution.

Soldiers don’t belong on the streets—and the army is uniquely placed to pressure the government for police reforms to tackle rampant insecurity.

Naftali Bennett visits the Western Wall

The Meaning of Israel’s First Religious Prime Minister

With Naftali Bennett, the homeland of the Jewish people is about to see what it’s like having an observant Jewish leader.

An illustration representing Twitter's ban in Nigeria by Victor Ehikhamenor

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back

A hasty and extralegal restriction has been imposed by an increasingly tyrannical president.

Yansakai vigilante members surrender their guns.

Boko Haram Isn’t Nigeria’s Biggest Problem

Bandits in the country’s northwest are terrorizing civilians, destabilizing the region, and empowering jihadists.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts missiles.

Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

The recent war in Gaza exposes the limits of a key pillar of the country’s defense strategy.

Security officers record Bobi Wine.

Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship

Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi Is Dethroned

After innumerable elections, Israel might have an alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden delivers remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Did Biden Break the Glass on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Washington’s new focus on human rights could redefine the United States’ long-standing approach.

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