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January 16, 2018

BP01162018 Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Grace-Sally-Wife-Coup Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

November 14, 2017

Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Mnangagwa-Military-Coup A Coup Could be in the Works Against Zimbabwe's Mugabe

A military coup may be underway in Zimbabwe against the regime of nonagenarian President Robert Mugabe and his would-be successor wife, Grace.

December 4, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Rhino Horn Trade South Africa’s Rhino Horn Moratorium

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Last week, South African High Court Judge Francis Legodi ruled against the Zuma a…

September 26, 2017

United Nations
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a meeting of the Security Council to discuss peacekeeping operations at UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. Could the Rohingya Crisis Be a Turning Point for Guterres?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. The pace and scale of the vi…

April 28, 2016

South Africa
Rhino horn SA No Legal Rhino Horn Trade for South Africa

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. The South African government has announced that it will not petition the Conventi…

June 5, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
A newly arrived Somali refugee child receives a polio drop at the Ifo extension refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, August 1, 2011. Polio is Back in the Horn of Africa

In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the new presence of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) in the Banadir region of Somalia. The initial victim was a thirty-two month old girl. By the …

May 5, 2017

Tuna ship protected off of Somali waters. Return of Somali Pirates Alerts Pentagon

This is a guest post by Michael Clyne. Michael is a risk management consultant specializing in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at: @mikeclyne.  Pirate attacks have returned to the Gulf of Ad…

May 3, 2017

Somali soldier taking cover. The Presidential Policy Guidance and Somalia

This is a guest post by Rishav Shah, an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Rishav is a graduate of McGill University, where he double majored in International Develop…

July 26, 2011

International Organizations
Catastrophe in the Horn: Causes and Responses Catastrophe in the Horn: Causes and Responses

Newly arrived Somali refugees sit in the open as they await medical examinations for their children at the Dadaab refugee camp, near the Kenya-Somalia border (STR New/ Courtesy Reuters). The area st…