Why Is Somalia’s Political Crisis So Difficult to Solve?

May 24, 2021

There seems to be no end in sight for the political crisis in Somalia. On February 8, the mandate of President Muhammad Abdullahi Muhammad, commonly known as Farmajo, expired without a date set for either parliamentary or presidential elections. The protests called by the opposition Council of the...

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan
April 09, 2021

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins
March 29, 2021

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Ethiopia’s Heavy Hand in Tigray Sends a Message
January 05, 2021

Ethiopia’s Heavy Hand in Tigray Sends a Message

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

December 15, 2020

While the international community’s attention is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a myriad of crisis, from the wars in Syria and Yemen to the Middle East peace process, Brexit and a severe global economic downturn, climate change continues to wreak havoc on societies around the world,...

Zambia Is The Economist’s Damsel in Distress

Zambia Is The Economist’s Damsel in Distress

November 18, 2020

For nearly two centuries, The Economist has been sitting in the saddle upon its high horse in London with an unfettered view across what was once the British Empire. This has enabled it to offer a clear-sighted, objective analysis of the world’s problems through the lens of its unassailable...

We Can’t Turn Our Back on the DRC

We Can’t Turn Our Back on the DRC

November 18, 2020

Amid spiking violence and displacement, life in the Democratic Republic of Congo today is nothing short of nightmarish. The numbers may help show the scale: renewed violence in the northeastern part of the country killed more than 1,300 and displaced more than 660,000 Congolese from their homes so...

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

November 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?

November 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

October 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

October 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

October 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

September 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

September 25, 2020

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...

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