People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea's armed forces

Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power

Africa’s regional organizations won’t be taken seriously if they regularly denounce military juntas while tolerating constitutional coups.

A worker in China readies aluminum pistons for manufacturing.

Why Is Aluminum So Expensive Right Now?

A coup in Guinea, one of the world’s top bauxite producers, has spooked an already jittery market.

People celebrate in the streets in Guinea.

Guinea’s Military Coup Was Both Predictable and Avoidable

The world turned a blind eye to former President Alpha Condé’s abuses.

Guinean President Alpha Condé shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting in Beijing on Sept. 1, 2018.

China Is OK With Interfering in Guinea’s Internal Affairs

Beijing has dropped its own usual excuse to oppose a coup for practical reasons.

ECOWAS mediator and former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrives to lead talks with West African envoys and Mali's military junta on Aug. 24 in Bamako, Mali.

The African Union’s Hypocrisy Undermines Its Credibility

The AU’s double standard on lifelong leaders who reject term limits undercuts its moral standing to reject military coups.

A man holds a poster displaying Togolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre on April 11, 2015 in Lome, Togo.

West African Leaders Are Rolling Back Democratic Gains

Taking a page from Vladimir Putin's playbook, undemocratic leaders in Guinea and Togo are seeking to extend their rule through ostensibly democratic means.


How Cuba Could Stop the Next Ebola Outbreak

West Africa’s medical system was brought within an inch of its life by a devastating epidemic. But Havana could help nurse it back to health.


Burundi Violence Confounds U.S. Optimism About African Democracy

Western observers were quick to call Nigeria's smooth power transition a stepping stone for Africa. But nations facing different challenges are not finding their election seasons to be any easier than before.

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The Next Victims of Ebola

The epidemic may be nearing “zero cases” — but it's still disrupting the delivery of vaccines for measles, polio, and other deadly childhood diseases.


What Did the U.S. Learn From Ebola? How to Prepare for Bioterrorist Attacks

The United States prepared for an Ebola crisis that never came. What it learned in the process was that it's not yet ready to confront a bioterrorist attack.


Ebola’s Toll Was Horrific. It Could Have Been Much Worse

Hundreds of thousands infected. Tens of billions of dollars lost. Africa’s Ebola outbreak looked apocalyptic, but an unprecedented global response kept the worst from happening.


Is Ebola the New Powder Keg?

West Africa may finally be on the road to recovery. But the worst of the Ebola crisis may be yet to come.

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Food wars: New Zealand edition

Two fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing in Antarctic waters are refusing inspections by the New Zealand navy.

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