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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem
Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Political Violence Could Derail Ethiopia’s Democratic Transition
A string of assassinations has spawned conspiracy theories and intercommunal suspicion, threatening the country’s stability.
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.
Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone
Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.
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.
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.