Africa

A boy holds a Djiboutian national flag in front of a Chinese national flag at the launching ceremony of new housing construction project in Djibouti on July 4, 2018.

To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP

Beijing’s development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren’t Washington’s?

People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 14, 2018.

Ethiopia’s Problems Stem From Internal Colonialism

Robert Kaplan’s selective reading of history bolsters proponents of a centralized state while ignoring the legitimacy of federalists’ demands.

Armed people gather around a fire to keep warm at a road block set up to prevent looters from reaching the community in Phoenix Township, North Durban, South Africa, on July 15.

Is South Africa’s Unrest an Insurrection?

President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the violence is politically motivated, but it looks more like an uprising of the poor and unemployed.

Members of the South African Police Service line up to receive their dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the vaccination drive at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

South Africa’s Twin Crises Are Feeding Each Other

Political chaos is worsening the third wave of the coronavirus.

Trainee soldiers attend a reconciliation program in South Sudan.

U.S. Quietly Gives Up on South Sudan War Crimes Court

Six years after Washington gave $5 million to set up a war crimes court, nothing has happened.

A group of people protest  outside the United Arab Emirates' embassy calling for the speedy extradition of the Guptas on June 10, in Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa Needs the UAE’s Help to Fight Corruption

The Emirati government should extradite the Gupta brothers. Sheltering them risks damaging its diplomatic and financial reputation.

Workers unload vaccine shipments in Cote d’Ivoire.

Biden to Ship Millions of Vaccines to Africa

The United States will donate 25 million doses as African countries reel from a third wave of COVID-19.

Soldiers in the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces guard the John Garang Mausoleum during the country’s 10th anniversary independence celebrations in Juba on July 9.

South Sudan’s Lost Decade

Ten years after independence, Africa’s youngest country remains mired in conflict and poverty.

Central African and Russian political figures meet in Bangui, Central African Republic

Russian Mercenaries in Africa Aren’t Just There for the Money

Moscow’s geopolitical moves are driving murderous private actors.

A young person stands below an Ethiopian national flag during a blood donation rally organized by the city administration of Addis Ababa, in Addis Ababa, on Nov. 12, 2020.

Ethiopia’s Problems Aren’t Postcolonial

The country seems on the verge of falling apart. Here’s why it won’t.

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Zuma’s Arrest Is a Victory for the Rule of Law in South Africa

By imprisoning a former president, the country has set an example for constitutional democracies across the world.

Salva Kiir, then-acting president of the government of Southern Sudan

Succession in South Sudan

America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.

France’s military drawdown in the Sahel is announced.

France Bids Adieu to Its Military Mission in West Africa

But banishing the neocolonial approach is easier said than done.

A protester holds a banner in front of a Biafra flag.

Nigeria’s Government Failings Are Fueling Separatist Movements

The center needs to address concerns, not arrest dissidents.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.

Women queue to vote at a polling station in Gabiley, Somaliland, on May 31.

Somaliland’s Strategic Case for Independence

Lacking formal international recognition, the territory is seeking to make its mark through infrastructure deals and bilateral ties with key global powers.

A Russian armored personnel carrier in the Central African Republic

Russia’s Wagner Group Doesn’t Actually Exist

And that makes it all the more challenging to get to grips with.

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