U.S. Officials Worry Looming Military Cuts in Africa Are ‘About Politics’
Pentagon eyes reducing its footprint in the region as terrorist groups expand in the Sahel.
The Rise and Fall of Another African Donor Darling
Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara has won plaudits for his economic successes, but there are cracks in his democratic facade.
Satellite Surveillance Can Trace Atrocities but Not Stop Them
George Clooney’s pioneering data project documented horrors in Sudan, but that wasn’t enough.
Will Abiy Ahmed’s Bet on Ethiopia’s Political Future Pay Off?
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has disbanded Africa’s largest political party in an effort to reinvent the country’s politics—but some powerful players stand to lose, and they won’t go quietly.
Sudan’s New Prime Minister Grapples With His Country’s Past
Abdalla Hamdok wasn't sure he wanted the job, but six months later there is reason to hope—despite the failed mutiny this week.
Egypt and Ethiopia Said to Be Close to Accord on Renaissance Dam
But talks in Washington haven’t yet solved the trickiest questions still looming over the dam’s impact on countries downstream.
Is Liberal Democracy Always the Answer?
Guinea-Bissau challenges the imposition of Western forms of government.
10 Important Stories You Might Have Missed in 2019
China’s designs in space, a drought crisis in southern Africa, and other stories you may have missed during this year’s chaotic and nonstop news cycle.
U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region
Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.
2020 Could be Niger’s Year of Reckoning
The country is home to one of the largest deployments of U.S. military personnel in Africa and is a linchpin of regional stability—but the coming year could throw all that into turmoil.
U.S. Bureaucratic Blunder Could Cost Somalia Desperately Needed Debt Relief
U.S. ambassador considers resigning over the issue, which could harm U.S. anti-terrorism mission and aid programs there, officials say.
African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence
Some of their ideas are effective, some are strange—and some could make the problem even worse.
The Enemies of Sudan’s Democracy Are Lurking Everywhere
The country successfully toppled a dictator. Now it's in an epic battle to secure freedom.
U.S. Ambassador Puts Zambia on Notice
Washington gives the country $500 million in support a year, he says, but has little to show for it in terms of cooperation and human rights.
Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed’s Plans for Ethiopia
Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.
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.
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.
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.
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.