The Pandemic Is Laying Bare a Global Water Crisis
Insufficient water for washing is likely to worsen the coronavirus in the poorest nations. There’s a better way forward.
The United States Must Not Pick Sides in the Nile River Dispute
Ethiopia and Egypt are at odds over a Nile dam. Washington should be helping them compromise, rather than doing Cairo’s bidding.
Top U.S. Aid Chief Warns of Locust Devastation in East Africa
“You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be.”
Will Abiy Ahmed’s Bet on Ethiopia’s Political Future Pay Off?
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has disbanded Africa’s largest political party in an effort to reinvent the country’s politics—but some powerful players stand to lose, and they won’t go quietly.
Egypt and Ethiopia Said to Be Close to Accord on Renaissance Dam
But talks in Washington haven’t yet solved the trickiest questions still looming over the dam’s impact on countries downstream.
Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed’s Plans for Ethiopia
Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.
River of the Dammed
Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
Ethiopia Will Explode if It Doesn’t Move Beyond Ethnic-Based Politics
Oromo nationalism helped bring Abiy Ahmed to power, but it could also be his undoing. To hold the country together, the Nobel-winning prime minister needs to convince various ethnic groups that he and his new party represent all Ethiopians.
Africa’s ‘Civil Wars’ Are Regional Nightmares
Long considered domestic issues, the continent’s battles are really international contests for influence and power.
Will Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia’s Election?
Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?
Abiy’s Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle
Ethiopia is on the right course. But there’s much more to be done.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Boris Johnson upends British politics, al Qaeda readies itself for the 18th anniversary of 9/11, and Mugabe is gone, but his legacy is still shaping Zimbabwe.
Why Ethiopia Sailed While Zimbabwe Sank
The countries’ leaders both promised change, but only one has delivered.
Ethiopia’s Year of Reckoning
Ahead of elections in 2020, Ethiopia has many problems to address. Here are our top reads on how Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and what comes next.
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.