Ethiopia’s Power Play on the Nile Has Left the Region in a Deadlock
As long as the Renaissance Dam remains an instrument in Ethiopia’s bid to control the Blue Nile, negotiations are doomed.
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The White House Wants Peace With Sudan. Congress Wants Khartoum to Pay.
Normalizing ties with Israel could mean removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, allowing the country to rebuild its shattered economy—but U.S. legislators are standing in the way.
The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute
U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.
Document of the Week: Pompeo Seeks Deal to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List Before U.S. Election
Bipartisan congressional support for removing Sudan from U.S. terrorism lists grows as Khartoum pledges hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to American victims.
Trump Extends Arab Push to Normalize Ties With Israel
With Bahrain also recognizing Israel, Washington hopes for a new era of Arab rapprochement with Israel—but that may prove more elusive.
U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan
Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.
U.S. and Sudan Near Pact to Compensate American Terrorism Victims
The deal could pave the way for Sudan’s removal from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list.
The Blue Nile Is Dammed
Geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive.
Big-Power Rivalries Hamstring Top U.N. Missions
Big and small powers increasingly handpick U.N. special representatives, testing the authority and independence of the U.N. secretary-general.
Trump Mulls Withholding Aid to Ethiopia Over Controversial Dam
The massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government, with many officials concerned Washington is too much in Egypt’s corner.
Sudan Has a Window of Opportunity. The West Shouldn’t Squander It.
The country’s democratic transition is working, but without international support, it could fail.
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.
Sudan Is Remaking Its Relationship With the Rest of the World
From meeting with Netanyahu to working with the ICC, the new government is reversing the foreign policy of the Bashir era.
Will Sudan’s Bashir Be Handed to the ICC at Last?
In a surprise move, Sudan indicated it might turn over former autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, which he flouted for so many years, over Darfur.