Africa

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir arrives at Juba international airpor

South Sudan’s Proposed Unity Government Is Still Divided

Another delay won’t help achieve lasting peace. What the world’s youngest country needs is an exit strategy for its old-guard leaders.

Hundreds of supporters raise their arms and wave the national flag while waiting to greet the Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto in Yaoundé on Oct. 5, the day of his release from prison.

Trump Must Put Real Pressure on Cameroon

Symbolic half-measures like revoking preferential trade status are not enough to force the repressive regime of Paul Biya to change. Canceling IMF loans and military aid would show that the White House is serious.

A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC), where he will check up on patients on Nov. 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On the Front Lines of the Trump Administration’s Ebola Response

The United States has mounted a wide-ranging response to the latest deadly outbreak, as only it can.

Oil pipelines are seen running through Okrika, a town in the Niger River delta in Nigeria, on Oct. 4, 2004.

The Time Is Right for African Nations to Break the Resource Curse

With oil prices low, the region’s major oil-exporting economies have a chance to unlink their economies from natural resources.

A protester holds a stick in front of Malawi Defense Force soldiers at the entrance of the Malawian parliament during a demonstration by opposition supporters against the re-election of the president, which protesters say was due to fraud, on July 4 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Malawi’s Election Was Not Stolen With White-Out

A disputed presidential poll in the small southern African country has led to upheaval. International observers must release key data rather than staying silent if they want to promote stability and trust in the electoral process.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

Putin Lost His African Great Game Before He Started

Russia wants to expand its footprint across Africa—but the feeling isn’t mutual.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the sidelines of the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on Oct. 24.

Putin Has a Dream of Africa

Amid Moscow’s maneuvering in the Middle East, the Russian leader’s campaign to renew old Soviet ties and build influence in Africa has taken off.

A boy living in a derelict building damaged during the Angolan civil war is seen through a hole in Kuito, in Angola’s Bie province, on June 2.

Africa’s ‘Civil Wars’ Are Regional Nightmares

Long considered domestic issues, the continent’s battles are really international contests for influence and power.

The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, poses with a picture of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Nobel Institute in Oslo on October 11, 2019.

Will Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia’s Election?

Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?

A picture of Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed on display in Norway.

Abiy’s Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle

Ethiopia is on the right course. But there’s much more to be done.

A document produced during the investigation into U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's death.

How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death

Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general’s death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.

Jean Ghodjendji radios back to colleagues at an advance post during a foot patrol in Bamingui-Bangoran National Park in the Central African Republic while fellow rangers scan the forest on May 18.

Central Africa’s Rangers Are as Threatened as the Animals They Guard

Park staff struggle to protect the animals—and themselves—against poachers and militias.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaborone, Botswana, on Oct. 24, 2014.

It’s Not Just Elephants That Are Under Attack in Botswana

The country’s government is rolling back wildlife protections and endangering media freedom and the rule of law.

Cameroonians wait in line for food in a camp for internally displaced people in Kolofata, Cameroon, on Feb. 22, 2017.

Cameroon Must Make Concessions to End the Anglophone Crisis

President Paul Biya won’t get anywhere without engaging directly with separatist grievances.

Demonstrators protest outside the Sudanese Justice Ministry in Khartoum on Sept. 19.

The United States Should Lift Sanctions on Sudan

It’s finally time to breathe new life into the country’s moribund economy.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on Feb. 7, 2018.

Foreign Investors Fueled Violence and Corruption in South Sudan, Report Finds

Numerous banks and multinationals have hands in shady deals with the new nation’s elites and warlords.

President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015.

No Continent for Old Men

Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.

A man looks out to sea from the coastline of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on July 21.

African Students in Northern Cyprus Aren’t Breaking. They Are Organizing.

Those who arrived to study in an unrecognized territory are finding they are their own best advocates.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa pose for a photo with other African leaders on the sidelines of a African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Nov. 17, 2018.

Why Ethiopia Sailed While Zimbabwe Sank

The countries’ leaders both promised change, but only one has delivered.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe clenches his fist to salute Zanu PF comrades in Harare on May 3, 2000.

Robert Mugabe Colonized His Own Country

He led Zimbabwe to independence—and looted it until the day he died.

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