Africa

Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay

Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.

Soldiers deployed to the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on Nov. 15 as the military appeared to seize control. (AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.

U.S. Navy SEALs train  on the flight deck of USS Enterprise. (Lance H. Mayhew Jr./US Navy/Getty Images)

What’s Going on With the Alleged Murder of a Special Forces Soldier by Two SEALS?

Is it that secret units that live on the edge always have such trouble on occasion?

A woman with a boy walk in a flooded area on May 31 in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. An estimated 63 per cent of the population in Northern Bahr al Ghazal is experiencing severe food insecurity. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Treasury Takes Aim at Global Food Security Program

The Trump administration wants to dismantle another Obama-era development program.

Senator George Weah greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on Oct. 8. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?

The cover of "Destination Casablanca." (Public Affairs)

Book Excerpt: ‘Destination Casablanca’

The naval battle of Casablanca began with airplanes.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed speaks at the U.N. in February. (Devra Berkowitz/U.N. Photo)

New Allegations Challenge the Environment Record of Top U.N. Official

Environmental group claims Amina J. Mohammed authorized illegal exports of endangered rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.

(Left to right) Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on May 27 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Dangerous Retreat from Africa  

The U.S. administration is ramping up military engagement on the continent but ramping everything else down. Other countries are already filling the void.

Soldiers from Niger's National Guard march on the tarmac in Diffa, southeastern Niger, on June 16, 2016. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason U.S. Troops Are in Niger

Hint: This is a local and regional conflict, not a global one.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-Moo visit the DMZ between North and South Korea on October 27. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Mattis to the DMZ, State Shutters Sanctions Office

Ukraine expects Trump to approve lethal aid; State Dept. walking away form Africa; more details on Niger ambush.

American soldiers conduct a training exercise with the Senegalese military in 2016. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is the United States in Niger, Anyway?

National security isn’t just about fighting the Islamic State — it’s about building strong partners in Africa.

Opposition supporters rally for presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Nairobi's Uhuru Park on Oct. 25. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

Kenya Is Barreling Toward an ‘Illegal’ Election

Kenya’s election crisis deepened after its Supreme Court punted on a decision to delay Thursday’s troubled rerun election.

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