South Africa

Demonstrators during a march commemorating victims of Gambia's former regime, in Serekunda, on April 10, 2017.

Truth First, Reconciliation Later

After decades of dictatorship, Gambia has launched a truth commission. But in a country where some victims were also perpetrators, delivering justice to all won’t be easy.

Opposition candidates Felix Tshisekedi (right), Martin Fayulu (second from right), and the head of the African Union Election Observation Mission, former interim Malian President Dioncounda Traoré (second from left), leave after a joint meeting on Jan. 2 in Kinshasa. (John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

African Leaders Must Act to Stop Electoral Fraud in Congo

South Africa and Angola have influence. They must use it to ensure that the Congolese government respects the will of voters.

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Street Smart

Why South Africa’s formerly segregated townships are still central to its imagination.

The scene on the main road of Nawa-i-Barakzai district center in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2. The Taliban held the area from October 2016 to July 2017.

This Year’s Essential Deep Dives

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy long-form stories in 2018.

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South Africans Are Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

In a country where no one trusts the police, vigilante groups promising to stop gang violence were initially welcomed. Now, with extralegal justice on the rise, some citizens have had enough.

Khoisan elders and activists prepare to honor the Khoisan activist Adam Mathysen at his grave on the outskirts of Johannesburg on April 27. (Nathan Siegel for Foreign Policy)

South Africa’s First Nations Have Been Forgotten

As Pretoria prepares to confront the legacy of colonial and apartheid-era land theft, hardly anyone seems to care about the claims of the country’s earliest inhabitants—the Khoisan.

South African President  Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 25.

‘Where There Has Been Wrongdoing There Will Be Accountability’

South Africa’s president tells Foreign Policy about his plans to tackle corruption, redistribute land, and restore the country’s moral leadership.

The managing editor of China Central Television Africa, Pang Xinhua, shows a local journalist in Nairobi how the organization has expanded in different parts of Africa on June 12, 2012. (Simon Maina/AFP/GettyImages)

China Is Buying African Media’s Silence

I wrote about Chinese oppression in a South African paper. Hours later, they cancelled my column.

Farmworker Mogoala Justice Ratalele stands near his boss, farmer Hans Bergmann, after being held at gunpoint during a theft, in Tzaneen, South Africa, on Nov. 2, 2017. (Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

In Tacit Rebuke, U.S. Embassy in South Africa Rejects Trump Tweet

Internal cable cites report that farm murders in South Africa are at their lowest level in 19 years.

The Swanepoel children play in the driveway of the grounds of their family's guest lodge on a farm in Limpopo province, South Africa on October 31, 2017. 
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There’s a Better Way to Take White Farmers’ Land

South Africa needs to redistribute property—but not all appropriation is made the same.

Vincent Smith, the chair of South Africa's parliamentary committee on proposed constitutional amendments regulating land expropriation, speaks at a hearing in Cape Town on Aug. 4. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Angers South Africa With Missive on Land Redistribution

The president’s tweet followed a misleading segment on Fox News.

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Forget the Libya Model. South Africa Shows the Path to Peace With Pyongyang.

If Kim Jong Un follows in F.W. de Klerk’s footsteps, denuclearization could allow North Korea to move from pariah status to prosperity.

Supporters of the Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) shout slogans and hold pictures of HDP's imprisoned presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas  at an election rally on May 4, 2018 in Istanbul.

The Making of a Kurdish Mandela

By keeping a key challenger in jail, Turkey’s government risks making Selahattin Demirtas an even more popular and formidable opponent.

About 1,000 members of the Landless Peoples Movement of South Africa march on to the National Land Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2005.

This Land Is Our Land

South Africa’s ruling party has failed to redistribute land to the black majority for over two decades. Can the new president defuse a ticking time bomb?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Iran's nuclear program at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2018. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Bibi’s Infomercial for the Iran Deal

Smoke and mirrors aside, the Israeli prime minister’s presentation was an endorsement of existing nuclear diplomacy with Tehran.

Jewish workers drill for water in Kfar Monash, a farm in the British Mandate of Palestine, in August 1946. (Zoltan Kluger/GPO via Getty Images)

How to Defeat Drought

Cape Town is running out of water. Israel offers some lessons on how to avoid that fate.

South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his face with his hand as he answers hostile questions at the South African parliament in Cape Town on August 6, 2015.

Zuma Has Fallen

South Africa's president weathered scandal after scandal while driving his country’s economy and reputation into the ground. His luck has finally run out.

A man collects drinking water from taps in Cape Town, South Africa, on May 15, 2017. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?

As Cape Town counts down to Day Zero, South Africans worry about severe unrest and outbreaks of disease.

Cyril Ramaphosa in a press conference in London on September 25, 2017. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

Cyril Ramaphosa Isn’t South Africa’s Savior

The newly elected leader of the African National Congress is being treated like a messiah. But he might not even win the next election.

Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay

Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.

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