Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia
Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.
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.
Somalia Is a Country Without an Army
The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.
Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom
While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.
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.
Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends
The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.
Can Abiy Ahmed Save Ethiopia?
The announcement of a new prime minister has led to widespread celebrations, but reforming the country without alienating the army will not be easy.
Ethiopia’s Great Rift
Will a power struggle within the ruling party lead to reform — or more repression?
Egypt-Sudan Spat Muddies Prospects for Deal on Big Nile Dam
Talks are stalled over how to deal with the impact of a $5 billion dam that could threaten Egypt’s lifeblood.
Ethiopia Is Falling Apart
Tepid reforms and halfhearted concessions won't save the country's authoritarian government from its existential crisis.
After American Killed in Ethiopia Unrest, Ambassador Says Protests Should Never Have Happened
Ethiopia has been experiencing social unrest for nearly a year. And after a weekend stampede, the protests have grown in size.
Ethiopian Olympian: Prime Minister’s Claims I Was Coerced into Protest Are ‘False and Insulting’
Feyisa Lilesa explains why ongoing ethnic violence in Ethiopia stirred him to make his own high-profile protest.
Ethiopian PM Blames Olympic Protest on U.S.-Based Dissenters
In interviews with FP, top Ethiopian officials said that Feyisa Lilesa should not fear for his safety, but that an independent human rights rapporteur will not be allowed into the country.
Congressmen Point to Protesting Ethiopian Olympic Runner as Victim in Fight for Freedom
U.S. congressmen are introducing legislation to protect Ethiopian civilians like the Olympic marathoner who raised his hands in an X as he crossed the finish-line in Rio.
An Olympic Protest Is the Least of Ethiopia’s Worries
Security services are killing demonstrators by the hundreds. But instead of restoring order, the government is tearing itself apart.
Ethiopian Government Promises to Welcome Home Anti-Government Olympian as ‘Hero’
An Ethiopian marathoner is urged to come home after protesting his government at the Olympics.
In Pursuit of the African Dream
Two brothers risked everything for a better future thousands of miles from home. Their crushing story of failure reveals a continent’s broken immigration system.
Around the World in 40 Books
Headed to Rio, Paris, or Cape Town this summer? We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.