Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control
Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him.
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.