Africa’s Youth Unemployment Crisis Is a Global Problem
Governments and donors must stop focusing solely on skills development and entrepreneurship—or risk more youth migration, unrest, and terrorism.
How Land Reform Became Uganda’s Most Controversial Problem
The land debate is a tussle for power between an indigenous kingdom and an authoritarian state.
Don’t Remove Ethiopia’s AGOA Trade Privileges
The Biden administration has threatened to end Addis Ababa’s eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Doing so would hurt the poor the most.
Nigeria’s Legislature Is Siding With Autocracy
Democracy is at risk as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s power grows unchecked.
New NSC Hire to Jump-Start Biden’s Africa Strategy
A former top U.S. intelligence official is joining the White House to help craft a new Africa strategy.
Who Blessed the Vlads Down in Africa?
Russia’s Wagner Group has its eyes on Mali. It fits a pattern of Russian interference in Africa.
Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?
A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach.
Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power
Africa’s regional organizations won’t be taken seriously if they regularly denounce military juntas while tolerating constitutional coups.
Why Is Aluminum So Expensive Right Now?
A coup in Guinea, one of the world’s top bauxite producers, has spooked an already jittery market.
America’s Hollow Africa Policy
Washington’s focus on stability over human rights is alienating Africa’s youth.
Guinea’s Military Coup Was Both Predictable and Avoidable
The world turned a blind eye to former President Alpha Condé’s abuses.
Buhari’s Authoritarian Twitter Ban Continues to Silence Nigerians
Meanwhile, Nigeria teeters on the path to failed statehood.
China Is OK With Interfering in Guinea’s Internal Affairs
Beijing has dropped its own usual excuse to oppose a coup for practical reasons.
Poor People Weren’t Part of the Plan for Abuja
In Nigeria’s carefully designed capital, urban enforcers harass ordinary citizens.
What Happens When Women Can’t Get Legal Abortions
Examples from around the world show that restrictions can actually lead to more, not fewer, abortions.
Africa’s Disappointed Demographic
Young people across the continent have been hit hard by the pandemic, lockdowns, and economic stagnation—but their protests have largely been ignored by elderly elites.
U.N. Officials Downplayed Sexual Violence in Ethiopia in Leaked Call
In a conversation in March, U.N. officials on the ground questioned whether some reports of mass rapes in the Tigray fight were “media hype.”
Will the War on Terror Move to Africa?
With jihadist groups on the rise, African leaders from Nigeria to Mozambique are worried about maintaining stability.