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September 13, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflecting on Africa’s Last Decade

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition.

Three zebras walk through tall grasses, with a skyline view of Nairobi in the background.

August 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

September 8, 2021

Guinea
Coups are Back in West Africa

The coup in Guinea deposed Alpha Conde, who had been elected in less-than-credible elections.

Several men in military uniform ride in the back of a military pickup through the streets. Supporters line the streets with their arms outstretched.

September 14, 2021

Southeast Asia
What is the Influence of Chinese Media in West Africa?

There is a disagreement between Ghanaian journalists and policymakers and their Nigerian counterparts over the perception of Chinese media sources.

Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in front of Chinese and Ghanian flags.

September 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
Podcast: Mandira Bagwandeen on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

As China’s Belt and Road Initiative has grown and adapted over the past decade, it often has made Africa the biggest target of its infrastructure projects and other BRI activities.

Man and woman stand on railway platform in Nairobi, pointing towards the front of a stationary train.

July 29, 2021

China
China’s Port Expansion in Africa

The Cases of the Beira Fishing Port and LAPSSET Port Project

September 1, 2021

South Africa
New COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Africa

The South African Department of Health has alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to the emergence of a new variant, C.1.2. It was first detected in May and is now circulating in most of the country’s provinces and at least seven other countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, New Zealand, and China.

A woman, wearing glasses and a mask, has her sleeve rolled up as another person inserts a syringe in her upper arm to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination.

June 30, 2021

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.

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

August 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria's President Buhari Argues "Africa's Fight Against Terror is the World's Fight"

Muhammadu Buhari has authored a thoughtful piece about Africa's struggle against terrorism in the Financial Times, his chosen outlet an indication that his audience is international rather than domestic. He observes that with the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, Africa has become the frontline of the “global war on terror”—though, as he says, it was never really global.

A group of men in military uniforms stand at attention around a long desk as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gives an address.