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May 28, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa established an anti-virus regime: social distancing and a lockdown. And the virus "curve" indeed appeared to flatten. He gets good international press, but must deal with a restive and poor population.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a dark grey suit without a tie and a green facemask, sits on a made bed at a coronvirus treatment center. A hand gestures in the foreground and a man in a suit and tied with a mask flanks Ramaphosa.

May 21, 2020

Coronavirus
Limiting the COVID-19 Food Crisis in Africa Begins With Local Farmers

The COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges for African agriculture. Farming is the dominant way people in sub-Saharan Africa earn their living and feed their families. Government restrictions on movement could threaten food security if not done properly.

Farmer Leticia Kangwa uses a hand washing station she installed outside her home after learning about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in April 2020, in Zambia.

May 27, 2020

South Africa
A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.

Women carry bags of maize as people queue to receive food aid amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Pretoria, South Africa, on May 20, 2020.

May 27, 2020

South Africa
A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.

Women carry bags of maize as people queue to receive food aid amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, near Pretoria, South Africa, on May 20, 2020.

April 8, 2020

China
Behind China's Influence in Africa

From trade to film, China's influence in Africa is nearly everywhere. Why—and at what cost?

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May 7, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Coronavirus Origin Allegations, East Africa’s Devastating Locusts, and More

Criticism mounts over China’s coronavirus response; East African countries face a second, much larger infestation of desert locusts; and Europe commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Allie…

Podcast A child attempts to fend-off a swarm of desert locusts at a ranch near the town of Nanyuki in Laikipia county, Kenya.

March 18, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Future of Democracy in Africa

Council on Foreign Relations 03/18/2020 Academic Conference Call: The Future of Democracy in Africa with Jendayi E. Frazer

Podcast

April 15, 2020

China
Despite New China-Africa Tension, Beijing Has a Pivotal Role to Play in Africa's COVID-19 Recovery

Beyond expressing legitimate concerns about the treatment of Africans in Guangzhou, U.S. officials would be wrong to add sow further discord between China and its African partners. It benefits no one. China must be a partner to international financial organizations in their aid to Africa, financing loans, suspending debt payments, and providing stimulus.

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, meets with Zhou Pingjian, the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, to discuss the mistreatment of Africans in China, on April 20, Abuja, Nigeria. Both speakers where masks and sit apart from each other, Ambassador Zhou in a blue suit with a teal max, on an armchair, and Speaker Gbajamiamila in grey with a white mask on the opposite side of a couch in the speaker's very green office.

April 14, 2020

Coronavirus
The Coronavirus’s Impact Throughout Africa, With Michelle D. Gavin

Michelle D. Gavin, CFR’s senior fellow for Africa studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the novel coronavirus is affecting Angola, Botswana, Sudan, and other nations throughout Afri…

Podcast A man walks past a poster covering the side of a building ahead of a 21 day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cape Town, South Africa.