Ethiopia’s Heavy Hand in Tigray Sends a Message

Jan 05, 2021

The crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has come to an end — at least on the surface. In November 2020, the Ethiopian National Defense Force quickly recaptured all urban areas in Tigray with the support of the Amhara Fano militia and the Eritrean military. Although the parties avoided major...

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions
Dec 15, 2020

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Zambia Is The Economist’s Damsel in Distress
Nov 18, 2020

Zambia Is The Economist’s Damsel in Distress

We Can’t Turn Our Back on the DRC
Nov 18, 2020

We Can’t Turn Our Back on the DRC

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

Nov 17, 2020

In 2016, Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli prime minister to visit Africa in 30 years. The visit was consistent with his announced intent to rebuild Israel's ties with the continent, especially East Africa, where his tour took him through Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Narrowing down...

Is Ethiopia on the Brink of Civil War?

Is Ethiopia on the Brink of Civil War?

Nov 12, 2020

Two years ago, scenes of jubilation broke out across northern Ethiopia. The border between Ethiopia and its former adversary Eritrea was open again after 18 years. Siblings were reunited, grandparents saw grandchildren for the first time, phone links were suddenly restored. A new era appeared to...

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

Oct 30, 2020

Despite all the obstacles, Americans are voting in huge numbers prior to Election Day. With a week to go, nearly 70 million voters have sent in their ballots or stood on line for early voting. The pandemic hasn’t prevented them from exercising their constitutional right. Nor have...

Amid Normalization With Israel, Sudan’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Amid Normalization With Israel, Sudan’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Oct 26, 2020

On October 23, the Trump administration announced the agreement between Israel and Sudan to normalize relations. Ordinarily, such an agreement would be good for both countries. But for Sudan, still struggling with imposing democratic norms after decades of brutal dictatorship, it could come at a...

Nigeria’s Chaos Is the World’s Chaos

Nigeria’s Chaos Is the World’s Chaos

Oct 22, 2020

For the past two weeks, the youth of Nigeria have been in the streets protesting the ruling order of a nation in crisis. Having seized on the theme of police brutality that inspired the massive demonstrations this year in the US, they are now challenging their government on a much broader range of...

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

Sep 30, 2020

Mauritania is rarely in the news. A member of the Arab League, it shares with its southern neighbor Senegal a large offshore gas field that promises to bring a potentially huge windfall to the impoverished northwest African nation. The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field sits in the Atlantic Ocean off...

The US Must Support Sudan’s Path to Democracy

The US Must Support Sudan's Path to Democracy

In the aftermath of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain formalizing diplomatic relations with Israel on August 13 and September 11, respectively, many experts predict that Sudan will be the next Arab state to follow suit. The main reason for this pertains to the fact that the Trump administration...

Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”

Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”

Sep 17, 2020

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Africa faces an unprecedented level of starvation, poverty and suffering that will last far beyond 2020. A lack of medical facilities and resources to offset economic losses is expected to push 37.5 million more Africans into...

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

Sep 15, 2020

China and India have never been friendly neighbors. The laws of geopolitics set the two Asian giants against one another. In recent years, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s confrontation with the US and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitions for a powerful and global India have inflamed...

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Aug 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

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