Africa

Students gather in an amphitheater at the Université Thomas Sankara near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Oct. 15.

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.

Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda stands under a shelter during his enthronement ceremony in 1993.

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.

A general view of a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa, southern Ethiopia on Oct. 1, 2019.

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.

Nigerian politicians celebrate the country’s independence.

Nigeria’s Legislature Is Siding With Autocracy

Democracy is at risk as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s power grows unchecked.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa link hands as they pose in front of their countries' flags.

Why BRICS Still Matters

BRICS may be a young institution, but it shouldn’t be underestimated.

Russian and African presidents pose at a Russia-Africa summit.

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.

Police officers patrol by the wreckage of a car at the scene of suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu, on July 10.

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.

People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea's armed forces

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.

A worker in China readies aluminum pistons for manufacturing.

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.

A protester gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colors of the Nigerian national flag during a demonstration against police brutality.

America’s Hollow Africa Policy

Washington’s focus on stability over human rights is alienating Africa’s youth.

People celebrate in the streets in Guinea.

Guinea’s Military Coup Was Both Predictable and Avoidable

The world turned a blind eye to former President Alpha Condé’s abuses.

Guinean President Alpha Condé shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting in Beijing on Sept. 1, 2018.

China Is OK With Interfering in Guinea’s Internal Affairs

Beijing has dropped its own usual excuse to oppose a coup for practical reasons.

Traffic gridlock in Abuja, Nigeria

Poor People Weren’t Part of the Plan for Abuja

In Nigeria’s carefully designed capital, urban enforcers harass ordinary citizens.

Students from the University of Texas hold signs during a rally in favor of abortion rights November 24,2003 in Austin, Texas.

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.

A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters holds a placard during a march to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority offices in Pretoria, South Africa, demanding that vaccines from Russia and China be supplied to South Africans, on June 25.

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.

An Ethiopian women sits at a refugee camp in eastern Sudan.

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.”

Nigerian soldiers patrol outside the Diffa Airfield in southeast Niger, near the Nigerian border, on Dec. 23, 2020.

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.

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