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April 8, 2024

LGBTQ+
How (Not) to Talk About Sex in Africa

It is time the LGBTQ+ coalition changed its strategy on the continent.

Somone holds up a pride fan with rainbow colors.

December 12, 2023

Peacekeeping
The Role of Peacekeeping in Africa

Africa continues to have more peacekeeping missions than any other continent. As conflict-stricken countries increasingly look outside the United Nations for support, experts say reforms are necessar…

A peacekeeping vehicle transports troops on a dirt road in the DRC.

February 15, 2024

Sudan
United States Lacks Strategic Clarity on the Horn of Africa

The recent flurry of congressional and executive attention on Sudan needs to be married to a long-term strategy toward the Horn of Africa. 

Aid provided by the World Food Program is seen in Adre Camp in Adre, Chad, on November 8, 2023

December 4, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
AGOA: The U.S.-Africa Trade Program

AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, but declining support has called the program’s value into question.

A worker wearing a dust mask sews at an export processing zone factory in Athi River, Kenya.

January 25, 2024

Somalia
Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative stability, and despite its lack of international recognition, Somaliland continues to push its own foreign policy…

A statue of a hand painted in the colors of Somaliland's flag holds a map of the territory.

February 2, 2024

West Africa
ECOWAS Split Spells Trouble for Democracy in West Africa

Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have left the most important West African regional bloc due to escalating tensions over their democratic decline, leaving room for Russia to assert itself in the region…

January 10, 2024

Somalia
New Deals Open Old Wounds in the Horn of Africa

An already tense security environment in the Horn of Africa is growing even more perilous.

Somali protesters march against the Ethiopia-Somaliland port deal at the Yarisow stadium in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 3, 2024.

September 20, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state. Pro-democracy advocates have at times successfully stopped presidents from extending their mandates, but the authorita…

A worker throws away campaign posters of President Yoweri Museveni after Uganda’s 2021 election.

December 28, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
Russia’s Growing Footprint in Africa

African governments have increasingly welcomed economic, diplomatic, and security ties with Russia—leading Western countries to denounce what they see as Moscow’s destabilizing influence and seek the…

A group of protestors hold the flags of Burkina Faso and Russia at a demonstration in Burkina Faso.

October 11, 2023

Africa Program
Academic Webinar: Africa on the Global Stage

Landry Signé, senior fellow in the global economy and development program and the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution and executive director and professor of the Thunderbird School …

Play The African Union logo is seen outside the AU headquarters building in Addis Ababa, Nov. 2021.