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January 14, 2021

Uganda
The World Should Not Look Away From Uganda's Undemocratic Elections

On January 14, Uganda will hold national elections, an exercise that is shaping up to be more of an opportunity for the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, to demonstrate the repressive power of the state

A man walks past a painting on the wall of the Ugandan electoral commission compound in Kampala, Uganda January 13, 2021

December 11, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Blunt Dealmaking in Morocco Highlights U.S. Disregard for African Affairs

Too often, the Trump Administration’s engagement with Africa has been characterized by insults and neglect.

A Polisario fighter, stands next to a Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic flag at a forward base on the outskirts of Tifariti, Western Sahara, September 9, 2016.

December 30, 2020

Ethiopia
Amid Misinformation and Suppressed Free Speech, Ethiopian Conflict Erodes Abiy's Credibility

As 2020 draws to a close, the terrible toll of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is coming into sharper focus. 

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali at news conference after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway December 11, 2019.

December 18, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Power-sharing Agreement Breaks Down in DRC

When Félix Tshisekedi assumed power in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the start of 2019, he did so not because of the will of the voters (who apparently favored a different candidate).

Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential sash from the outgoing President Joseph Kabila during the inauguration ceremony whereby Tshisekedi was sworn into office as the new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 3, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The United States and Europe Should Work Together to Promote a Prosperous Africa

The Financial Times recently reported that the European Union is preparing a proposal for the incoming Biden Administration that envisions a comprehensive strengthening of transatlantic cooperation a…

U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017.

October 28, 2020

Donald Trump
Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric Toward Ethiopia is Indicative of a Larger Problem

Last week President Trump invited reporters to listen in on a call intended to celebrate the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel, a diplomatic achievement that comes with more than a few complications. 

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with leaders of Israel and Sudan about the decision to rescind Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2020

November 13, 2020

Tanzania
Recent Election Highlights the Dangers of Disenfranchisement in Zanzibar

Tanzania’s fundamentally flawed elections in late October, and the additional repression unleashed in their immediate aftermath, have provoked international alarm and criticism.

Tanzanian government officials are processed before casting their ballots at a polling centre during the early voting for essential workers at the presidential and parliamentary polls in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, Tanzania October 27, 2020

November 9, 2020

Ethiopia
Simmering Tensions Come to a Boil in Ethiopia's Tigray Region

Over the past week, as many have been distracted by the U.S. elections, an extraordinarily dangerous unraveling has picked up speed in Ethiopia.  Months of simmering tensions between the leadership o…

Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020

October 21, 2020

Sudan
Removing Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List

This week, President Trump made the long-anticipated announcement that the United States is prepared to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST). Sudan has been on the list of …

Sudanese chant slogans outside a court during a new trial against ousted President Omar al-Bashir and some of his former allies over the military coup that brought the autocrat to power in 1989, outside a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan. September 15, 2020