Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist
The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.
Life in Eritrea’s News Desert
What the country teaches the world about the importance of an independent press.
Ethiopia and Eritrea Have a Common Enemy
Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afwerki are racing toward peace because they both face the same threat: hard-liners in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front.
For Once We Were Strangers
In Israel, thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers are stuck in limbo. Photographer Kobi Wolf documents a national crisis.
The Rehabilitation of Africa’s Most Isolated Dictatorship
Eritrea is coming in from the cold. Could that spark a shooting war with Ethiopia?
Africa’s Hottest Frozen Border Boils Over
Hundreds of soldiers just died in the worst flare-up between Ethiopia and Eritrea since their 1998-2000 war. Could a return to open conflict be around the corner?
Just Say No to Another Failed State in Africa
It is never a good idea to make broad generalizations about Africa.
The Exchange: Erica Chenoweth and David Scheffer on When to Get Violent
Are guns necessary to topple a dictator?
North Korea on the Red Sea: Why Thousands of Migrants Are Fleeing Eritrea
A new U.N. report describes a regime built on torture, domestic spy networks, and mass conscription.
Stranded at the Headwaters of Europe’s Migrant Crisis
Before risking deadly deserts and a perilous Mediterranean crossing, the first steps of a desperate attempt at a new life cross Sudan.
When Migrants Flee Progress, Not War
Nearly one-fifth of people crossing the Mediterranean are leaving a country touted for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Turns out, a better life requires more than a U.N. checklist.