Zimbabwe Crackdown Saps Hopes of Reform
The violence is a blow to Zimbabweans who hoped for greater freedom of expression in the post-Mugabe era.
Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal
Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.
Truth First, Reconciliation Later
After decades of dictatorship, Gambia has launched a truth commission. But in a country where some victims were also perpetrators, delivering justice to all won’t be easy.
This Is the Uprising Sudan’s Genocidal Dictator Always Feared
The country’s current protests include all sections of society—and may soon topple Omar al-Bashir’s entire regime.
African Leaders Must Act to Stop Electoral Fraud in Congo
South Africa and Angola have influence. They must use it to ensure that the Congolese government respects the will of voters.
Congo Wanted an Election. This Isn’t What It Meant.
The country will vote for a new government, and then brace for a violent aftermath.
U.N. Report Links Congolese Government to Murder of American and Swede
Suspect’s death in prison suggests authorities might be suppressing evidence.
Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist
The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.
Former Senior U.N. Official Defends Handling of Congo Murder Investigation
Responding to a Foreign Policy story, official says panel that probed the murder of two U.N. experts focused mainly on preventing future incidents.
How European and Chinese Arms Diverted to South Sudan Fueled Its Civil War
A new study, four years in the making, details the secret global supply chain sidestepping international arms embargoes on South Sudan.
The U.N. concluded two of its investigators, an American and a Swede, were killed in a random ambush in Congo. But evidence suggests they may have walked into a government trap.
For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.
Pompeo to Tap New Envoy for Troubled Central African Region
Pompeo has reversed his predecessor’s policy of eliminating special envoy posts.
Trump Administration Gives Sudan a Way to Come in From the Cold
The United States should stop listing Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, Sudanese foreign minister tells FP, as Khartoum seeks to boost its crumbling economy.
Italy’s Left-Wing Populists Won’t Stop the Far-Right. They’ll Strengthen It.
The Five Star Movement’s most prominent leftist, Alessandro Di Battista, is returning to politics, but don’t expect him to reverse the government’s anti-immigrant agenda.
South Africa’s First Nations Have Been Forgotten
As Pretoria prepares to confront the legacy of colonial and apartheid-era land theft, hardly anyone seems to care about the claims of the country’s earliest inhabitants—the Khoisan.
Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis
The world thought it knew how to deal with Ebola outbreaks—but it’s never dealt with one like this before.
African Governments Are Paying for the World Bank’s Mauritius Miracle
Ghost offices on the small island provide legal but questionable means of siphoning tax dollars away from poor countries and into the pockets of the global elite.
Trump Reaches for Checkbook Diplomacy to Counter China
Washington ramps up development finance to offer countries an alternative to Beijing’s deep pockets.