Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos visits the Portuguese corporation Efacec’s new electric mobility industrial unit in Maia, Portugal, on Feb. 5, 2018.

The Downfall of an Angolan Dynasty

The crumbling of the dos Santos family empire reveals how Western companies allegedly enabled corruption in Africa.

An employee of Angola's national oil company, Sonangol, wears a protective helmet at the Sonangol Luanda Refinery on Oct. 22, 2020.

Energy Transition Is the Future. National Oil Companies Are Betting on the Past.

State-owned oil companies are on the verge of investing $400 billion in projects incompatible with the Paris Agreement. If they fail, it could spark an emerging market debt crisis.


How to Restore U.S. Credibility in Africa

By standing up for democracy and free trade, the United States can outflank China and Russia, its authoritarian rivals on the continent.

Above: Two people look over the balcony on the second floor of the Parliament building in Georgetown on April 26. Top: In a section of Georgetown called Houston, contractors are building out a new oil industry depot, capable of storing needed equipment, fuel, water, cement, fluids, and other materials that contractors working in Guyana’s deep waters need. The base already has a contract to supply ExxonMobil. (Micah Maidenberg for Foreign Policy)

The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery

Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones.

People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) presidential candidate and Angolan Defense Minister Joao Lourenco looks on during a meeting between MPLA leadership and sporting entities, associations and managers during his presidential elections campaign on August 10, 2017 in Luanda. / AFP PHOTO / AMPE ROGERIO        (Photo credit should read AMPE ROGERIO/AFP/Getty Images)

Angola’s Transition to Technocracy Won’t Be Victimless

The biggest challenge for Angola’s new president will be escaping the shadow of his predecessor — and the corrupt cronies around him.


The Zika Virus Just Quietly Spread to Southwest Africa

While it’s only two cases so far, it’s a stark reminder of West Africa’s vulnerability to epidemics.


Annals of wars we don’t know about: The South African border war of 1966-1989

Best of Best Defense: Number 4 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 12.

performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Nicki Minaj Joins Dictator Performance Club

Nicki Minaj is being criticized for her decision to perform in Angola despite reports of gross human rights violations carried out by the government there.

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Angola Awaits Its Arab Spring

Autocracy, corruption, and inequality: Is time running out for the regime in Luanda?

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Why Angola’s Star Reporter Won’t Stay Down

Angola's corrupt leaders keep trying to silence Rafael Marques. So far, without success.


Annals of wars we don’t know about: The South African border war of 1966-1989

Reading South African accounts of the 23-year long Border War between South Africa and the Angolan liberation movement UNITA on the one hand, and the Angolan government and army, supported by large Cuban forces on the other, is almost hypnotically compelling.

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