Africa

Senegalese forces with the U.N. Mission in Mali on patrol.

U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa

The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.

A woman washes her hands in the courtyard of her house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 1, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Laying Bare a Global Water Crisis

Insufficient water for washing is likely to worsen the coronavirus in the poorest nations. There’s a better way forward.

State Department counterterrorism envoy Nathan Sales speaks at a press conference.

Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator

Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.

A woman practicing illegal abortion shows her working medical tools in her living room in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on July 25, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access

The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse.

All shops are closed at a clothes market in Djibouti during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Military’s Hub in Africa Fights to Keep the Coronavirus Out

Contractors who work at the only permanent U.S. base in Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus as officials and experts fear the pandemic’s spread could allow terrorist groups to wrest away more territory.

Vulnerable families receive food in Nairobi.

It’s Time to Help Africa Fight the Virus

The continent is ripe for a public health disaster, and Western powers must step in to prevent another global catastrophe.

Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Generosity Is an Easy Win for China After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Electrifying rural health care facilities would burnish Beijing’s reputation in poor countries throughout Africa and Asia and cost next to nothing.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before their meeting in Beijing on April 13, 2016.

China’s Racism Is Wrecking Its Success in Africa

The expulsion of Africans from their homes in southern China is causing a diplomatic storm.

Two men greet each other by touching elbows.

Poor Countries Need to Think Twice About Social Distancing

Policies imposed in rich countries to fight the coronavirus could have adverse effects in low-income nations—potentially endangering more lives than they save.

Workers line up to have their temperature taken in front of a factory in Kenya during the coronavirus pandemic

Kenya’s Labor Market Wasn’t Made for a Pandemic

Informal workers propped up the country’s economy—until they were suddenly struggling to survive.

Two French army armored personnel carriers patrol a rural area during the Bourgou IV operation in northern Burkina Faso on Nov. 14, 2019, as part of a joint effort with the multinational force of the G5 Sahel.

West Africa Is Increasingly Vulnerable to Terrorist Groups

By working collectively and innovatively, the region can prevent the next security and humanitarian disaster.

Commuters stand in a line to curb the spread of the coronavirus as they proceed to board a ferry at the Likoni ferry terminal in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 27.

Africa Meets Pandemic With Violence, Confusion

The coronavirus arrived late to the continent, but the early responses could backfire.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno at the Élysée presidential palace in Paris on Nov. 12, 2019.

As the World Is Distracted, Boko Haram Terrorists Strike a Key Western Ally

The battle against jihadi terrorism in Africa takes one of its deadliest turns yet, with consequences far beyond the region.

A man and his family walk past closed vegetable stalls.

The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World

The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever

The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.

An aid worker measures a woman's temperature at the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 18.

Africa Is Bracing for a Head-On Collision With Coronavirus

As the pandemic reaches the continent, countries from Morocco to Malawi are facing a health crisis and an economic shock.

A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents

The Next Wave

U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.

A doctor speaks with homeless people about the coronavirus

HIV-Positive Population Braces for Another Plague

Mysterious deaths and experimental drugs are all too familiar to survivors of the 1980s epidemic.

People inspect the damage inside a building following a rocket attack by forces loyal to eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The Libyan Civil War Is About to Get Worse

None of the parties involved is serious about reaching a political settlement, meaning the conflict could kill many more this year.

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