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November 3, 2022

East Africa
Outrage Over Abuse of African Migrants

Citizen backlash to stories of labor exploitation may complicate Gulf states’ foreign policy agenda in East Africa.

Dr. Alfred Mutua, Kenya's new Minister of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, gives a speech in a blue suit, in front of a red background and a Kenyan flag.

December 5, 2022

Nigeria
The Uses of Parody

When conventional tools of resistance have failed or been compromised, humor has been a weapon of last resort for the African subaltern.  

This image shows a keyboard with a phone on the top. The phone screen displays the logo for the popular app TikTok.

November 28, 2022

Political Transitions
Fathers and Sons

A looming crisis of succession in several African countries indicates a troubling persistence of ego-driven political paternalism.

Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni sits and looks to the right while wearing his uniform.

December 1, 2022

South Africa
A Fresh Start Eludes South Africa

The South African President tried to focus his country on the future, but the past–including his own–continues to intrude.

Sitting on an orange chair, beside a table with several stacks of paper covered in green film, South Africa's former Chief Justice awaits the handing over of the report on the Phala Phala scandal in Cape Town, South Africa.

February 3, 2022

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Beijing Olympics Begin, African Union Leaders Convene, and More

The Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing, the African Union (AU) holds its annual heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the Whi…

Podcast Olympic rings are seen onto the Haituo Tower, a landmark structure for the Yanqing competition zone of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, on January 25, 2022 in Beijing, China.

March 11, 2022

European Union
How Does the European Union Work?

The European Union has navigated a thicket of external and internal crises in recent years, including mass migration and Brexit. What are the union’s core institutions, and what roles do they play?

The chamber of the European Parliament during a voting session at the EU parliament's headquarters in Strasbourg..

August 10, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Biden Signals Policy Reset, but African Leaders Must Meet Washington Halfway

African leaders must hold the United States to its vow, even as they put their own house in order.

The U.S. Secretary of State stands with his hand held out while giving a speech at a university in South Africa.

March 1, 2022

United States
Ten Facts About the State of the Union Address

President Biden delivers his first State of the Union speech tonight. Here are ten things you might not know about the tradition of having a president deliver an annual address.

President Joe Biden gestures while speaking in the House Chamber. He is flanked by two House staff members, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

March 3, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Analyzing the Russia-Ukraine Conflict from an African Standpoint

How will African countries react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and what diplomatic fissures are likely to be opened by the conflict as it drags on? The tone for this appears to have been set by the rousing speech in defense of national sovereignty by Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Martin Kimani. Invoking historical parallels, Kimani pulled no punches in decrying Russian aggression and rejecting “irredentism and expansionism on any basis, including racial, ethnic, religious or cultural factors.”

Vladimir Putin is shaking the South African president's hand while surrounded by other African leaders all wearing formal attire.

December 1, 2021

Defense and Security
Academic Webinar: African Politics and Security Issues

Michelle Gavin, CFR’s Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, leads a conversation on African politics and security issues.     FASKIANOS: Welcome to today’s session of the CFR…

Play African Union meeting.