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October 21, 2020

Emerging Economies
Transsion: a Chinese Prodigy in Africa?

The Chinese company has dominated mobile phone markets in Africa, though not without courting controversy.

A man looks at smartphones on display at a shop.

October 14, 2020

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

October 2, 2020

Election 2020
Africa and the First U.S. Presidential Debate

Rather than a discussion about policy and ideas, the September 29 debate between Trump and Biden was a rant. In Africa, the debate will hardly burnish the image of democracy or the United States.

Vice President Biden and President Trump, both standing behind podiums, gesticulate towards the moderator during the first 2020 presidential debate.

September 29, 2020

Coronavirus
COVID-19 Less Deadly in Africa

Thus far, COVID-19 has been far less devastating in Africa than observers had feared. There have been 1.4 million cases of COVID-19, with less than 35,000 deaths.

Five Maasai elders wear traditional clothing and blue facemasks to protect from the coronavirus

October 1, 2020

Niger
How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

Niger is a key partner of the U.S. in West Africa. The United States provides a range of assistance to Niger, but the country stands out because strategic-level reforms have been taken seriously by both the United States and the partner country. 

Nigerien soldier, wearing fatigues, sunglasses, a brown hat, and with a gun resting on his shoulder, stands guard.

September 17, 2020

South Africa
Transnational White Supremacist Militancy Thriving in South Africa

As white supremacist militancy has raced across the Western world, it has not spared South Africa from being swept up in the chaos. International white supremacist networks both strengthen and are strengthened by the Afrikaner movement in South Africa.

Three South African men hold flags of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, including a red flag with three black sevens in the middle, and a blue, orange, and white flag pinned to a cross.

September 16, 2020

Coronavirus
Beating COVID-19 in Africa Begins With National Labs

Although testing efforts have detected over 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 across Africa, experts agree that limited testing capacity has masked the full extent of disease spread and hampered control efforts.

A health worker, dressed in white personal protective equipment (PPE), holds up a coronavirus testing kit. The front says "biohazard, peligroso."

September 1, 2020

South Africa
South Africa Provides Good News on Seasonal Influenza

This year there have been almost no cases of seasonal influenza in South Africa. South African experts attribute the steps taken against coronavirus as stopping flu in its tracks. The news is promising for the United States and Europe.

A health worker, in full personal protective equipment (PPE), mops the floor in a sports gym turned into a temporary coronavirus treatment facility. There are three freshly-made beds in the picture.

September 3, 2020

South Africa
South Africa's Ramaphosa Tackles Corruption and Strengthens His Hand

South Africa's African National Congress' National Executive Council, led by Cyril Ramaphosa, appears to have taken meaningful steps against corruption while at the same time strengthening the president's position within the party.   

African man, South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa, waves and smiles. He is wearing a black suit, white shirt, and red tie.

August 25, 2020

Nigeria
Niger Attack Demonstrates Islamic State in West Africa’s Growing Reach

The area between Niamey, Niger and Niger State, Nigeria will not be spared from jihadist groups’ attacks any longer and ISWA’s two branches, Shekau’s faction, and Ansaru will all be competing for recruits in the same areas.

Six Nigerian soldiers, in an armored truck, hold up a flag seized from Boko Haram. The flag is black, with a white circle in the middle with black Arabic writing.