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November 20, 2020

Mali
Mali's Amadou Touré and the Conundrum of African Leadership

Amadou Touré, coup maker, coup victim, military ruler, and eventually civilian chief of state in Mali, died last week in Istanbul at the age of seventy-two.

A picture of now-deceased Malian President Amadou Toure speaking at an event in the presidential palace in Mali.

November 6, 2020

Election 2020
Inevitable African Schadenfreude About U.S. Elections

For many Africans, the 2020 American presidential elections now underway expose the hypocrisy of American criticism of their own governance. That, in turn, can translate into increased interest in alternatives, such as that posed by China.

A table is seen in the foreground with piles of boxes from the U.S. Postal Service containing mail-in ballots. Several workers can be seen in the background counting ballots while wearing masks.

August 13, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation with Dr. K.Y. Amoako on the Future of African Development

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation Dr. K.Y. Amoako.

Workers of a local factory begin the production of personal protective gear for local frontline health workers as commissioned by the government, during the partial lockdown in Accra to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Accra, Ghana April 10, 2020.

October 15, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Changing Style of African Coups

As the coup in Mali shows, military seizures of power have not disappeared entirely. Nevertheless, the old style of coups has become rare in Africa. More common now are incumbent chiefs of state using different, more subtle methods to stay in power.

A picture of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in Abidjan, the country's largest city.

February 6, 2020

United States
Iowa’s Caucus Snafu, African Union Summit, and More

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination ramps up after flawed Iowa caucuses, the African Union convenes in Addis Ababa, and international films feature prominently at this year’s Academy …

Podcast Caucus

December 3, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The United States and Europe Should Work Together to Promote a Prosperous Africa

The Financial Times recently reported that the European Union is preparing a proposal for the incoming Biden Administration that envisions a comprehensive strengthening of transatlantic cooperation a…

U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 4, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: December 4, 2020

EU proposes transatlantic partnership; New Zealand debuts views on international law in cyberspace; North Korean hackers target vaccine makers, State Department launches North Korea bounty program; C…

U.S. and European Union flags are pictured.

December 4, 2020

North Korea
Good Biden-Kim Relationship Necessary to Avoid a Nuclear Crisis

The incoming Biden administration will face a nuclear catastrophe unless it can build good relations with North Korea. The U.S. President-Elect can begin by sending the right signals to North Korean …

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at the conference of the Central Military Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 23, 2020.

September 1, 2009

Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Union

The African Union succeeded the old Organization for African Unity (OAU) in 2002. Since then, the new institution has struggled to reform governing bodies inherited from the OAU while shouldering cha…