Top Counterterrorism Envoy Could Be First U.S. Ambassador to Sudan in Decades
Experts said Washington needs an envoy to help shepherd Sudan’s tenuous transition to democracy.
Succession in South Sudan
America’s greatest success story in Africa has degenerated into its biggest failure.
Macron Goes to Africa
The French president is seeking to project influence, build new alliances, repair old rifts, and defuse the immigration issue at home.
Only Washington Can Save the Renaissance Dam Negotiations Now
Since Ethiopia has hampered negotiations, Egypt needs the United States to preserve its access to the Nile.
The Conflict in Libya Is Getting Even Messier
A U.N. report suggests the UAE is using Sudanese fighters to battle the internationally recognized Libyan government.
How Arab Ties With Israel Became the Middle East’s New Normal
Though Israel remains opposed to Palestinian independence, 2020 marked the year of its acceptance in the region.
The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel
Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace.
Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute
As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.
Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War
As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to war against Ethiopia’s former rulers—the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—Khartoum’s moves will determine whether the conflict remains a local affair or a regional conflagration.
How a Biden Presidency Could Hurt Netanyahu—and Help Him
Sudan’s decision to forge ties with Israel is one more gift from the Trump administration.
Trump to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List, Following Behind-the-Scenes Pressure on Israel
The announcement could end Sudan’s three decades as an international pariah. But it comes at a cost.
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.