Africa

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.

A woman waits for her son to arrive in Pemba, Mozambique, on a boat of evacuees from the coasts of Palma on April 1.

Why Experts Ignore Terrorism in Africa

If the world really cares about the continent’s future, it will start paying attention now.

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves after speaking to U.S. State Department staff.

Biden to Announce Nominees for Key Diplomatic Posts

Experts and former diplomats want to see Biden pick up the pace on nominations to better compete with China on the world stage.

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.

Benin's President Patrice Talon at a press conference in Paris.

Benin’s King of Cotton Makes Its Democracy a Sham

Talon’s procedural reforms have hollowed out fair elections and are a master class in entrenching autocracy.

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?

Refugees walk with their goats in floodwaters at the Dadaab refugee complex, in the northeast of Kenya, on April 17, 2018.

The West’s Obsession With ‘Good Refugees’ Is Bad Policy

Wealthy countries love to celebrate immigrant success stories, but they are letting many potentially productive citizens fall through the cracks.

Tourists photograph elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

When Nature Conservation Goes Wrong

Environmentalists’ intent on saving the planet by protecting natural habitats are creating human disasters of their own.

Members of the Koglweogo, a self-defense militia, attend an annual gathering in Siguinvousé, Burkina Faso, on Feb 14.

Biden’s Strategy in the Sahel Looks a Lot Like Trump’s

U.S. diplomacy is back in West Africa—but the United States is also back to its old counterterrorism playbook.

Men walk past an improvised monument with the Ethiopian imperial flag.

Ethiopia Needs a Constitutional Convention

Establishing an inclusive reform process could end the country’s stalemate between unitarists and ethnonationalists.

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.

Young people march against climate change in Uganda.

A Green Africa Is the Key to a Greener World

The United States won’t be a global leader in climate change until it works with African nations.

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.

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What Ethiopia Can Learn From Japan

Abiy Ahmed must return to his concept of “medemer” and reject the notion of politics as a zero-sum game.

Hands hold up a photo of a young kidnapped Nigerian girl.

Boko Haram Won’t Stop Targeting Schools in Nigeria

The militant group’s attacks and kidnappings bring it publicity and riches while weakening state security forces.

Boxes that, according to a U.N. report, were thought to contain assets of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi pictured at CIPDH's office in Accra, Ghana. Erik Goaied, a Tunisian businessman who was searching for Qaddafi's assets, claimed the boxes had been labeled with the logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross so as not to attract attention when they were transported out of Libya.

The Aid Organization That Wasn’t

Meet the Russian-led fake human rights group implicated in an international criminal caper.

Jeffrey Feltman speaks at the United Nations.

Biden Eyes Former Top U.N. Official for Horn of Africa Envoy

Washington wants a seasoned point person for the brewing crises in East Africa.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli greets crowds before a speech.

Tanzanian Leader Who Downplayed Pandemic Dies

President John Magufuli’s complex legacy is overshadowed by his repeated dismissals of the coronavirus.

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