Africa

A group supporting Ivory Coast's political opposition protest against a third term for President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Oct. 15.

Ivory Coast’s Election Could Do Lasting Harm to Democratic Norms in West Africa

While France and the United States turn a blind eye, Alassane Ouattara is rolling back the region’s democratic gains and legitimizing authoritarian rule.

A Turkana woman carries firewood near Lokitaung in northern Kenya, where a drought ravaged the livestock population, on March 21, 2017.

In Northern Kenya, the Climate Crisis Shifts Gender Roles

Drought has disrupted the traditional way of life for pastoralists, pushing many women into business for the first time.

Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.

A woman carries washing on her head inside the historical neighborhood in Praia, Cape Verde, on Oct. 8, 2019.

Cape Verde Is Emerging as a Global Pivot Point

Tangled in a geopolitical, economic, and global health storm, these African islands have charted a course to break free.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List, Following Behind-the-Scenes Pressure on Israel

The announcement could end Sudan’s three decades as an international pariah. But it comes at a cost.

Top U.N. officials visit a refugee settlement in Kenya

The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem

Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.

Blessing Agbo, a nurse, places a contraceptive implant for Habiba, a 30-year-old patient who didn’t give her last name, in Kaugama on Aug. 13. Habiba, who has six surviving children after 10 births, says she wants to take a break from bearing children. Shola Lawal for Foreign Policy and The Fuller Project

Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

Across much of the world—including one remote Nigerian village—the availability of family planning will largely depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

The Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project is seen jutting into the ocean in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 8, 2018.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Is a Mess, Not a Master Plan

Beijing’s foreign investments are often money-losing and driven by recipients’ own agendas.

A girl practices ballet during a distant lesson via a mobile phone in Nairobi on May 22.

Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

The continent's pop culture market is booming, just as U.S.-Chinese competition is heating up.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The Ethiopian-Egyptian Water War Has Begun

The conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has already started. It’s just happening in cyberspace.

Members of the Ethiopian army carry a coffin at the national funeral service of Gen. Seare Mekonnen, the chief of staff of the Ethiopian defense forces, and Maj. Gen. Gezae Abera in Addis Ababa on June 25, 2019.

Political Violence Could Derail Ethiopia’s Democratic Transition

A string of assassinations has spawned conspiracy theories and intercommunal suspicion, threatening the country’s stability.

A migrant mother walks in front of a wall outside the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, on Aug. 11, a month before the devastating September fire.

Europe’s Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece’s Latest Refugee Crisis

The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU’s short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.

Soldiers from the Mozambican army in Mocímboa da Praia in 2018

Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone

Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.

People walk past graffiti calling for peace in Nairobi

Kenya’s 2022 Elections Have Already Begun

The president doesn’t have a clear chosen successor, and the unsolved killing of an election official shows that the country could be caught in another cycle of violence.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.

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