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November 4, 2020

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

December 15, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle the Middle East?

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies, and Martin S. Indyk, distinguished fellow at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the incoming Bide…

Podcast U.S Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops during a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah at a joint Jordanian-American training center.

January 8, 2021

Coronavirus
COVID-19, Statistics, and Africa

When COVID-19 struck, public health experts predicted that it would be particularly devastating in sub-Saharan Africa. A UN agency estimated that, in the worst case scenario, 3.3 million Africans would die from the disease.

A white piece of poster paper is seen with writing in red and blue market denoting the vital-sign statistics of several COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit in Kenya.

January 12, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Authoritarianism, Social Media, the United States, and Africa

Twitter and other social media platforms have suspended or restricted President Donald J. Trump's access, mostly because of his and his followers’ use of them to incite violence, though their stated, precise reasons vary from one to another.

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone at the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C. on January 8, 2021.

January 6, 2021

Coronavirus
Vaccine Diplomacy: China and SinoPharm in Africa

On December 3, John Nkengasong, director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), announced a 60 percent vaccination target—one estimate of the level needed to achieve herd immunity from COVID-19—in Africa’s fifty-four countries.

A presentation of a vaccine under development by SinoPharm, a Chinese company, that is to be used to provide immunity against COVID-19

December 29, 2020

Coronavirus
Resurgence of COVID-19 in Africa

South Africa is once again the epicenter of the current wave of infections, driven, apparently, by a mutant strain of the virus. According to health experts, South Africa now accounts for an estimated 40 percent of COVID-19 cases in Africa.

A group of South African commuters can be seen sitting inside of a transport van. Some are wearing masks, while others are not.

December 11, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Morocco’s Agreement With Israel Means for the Wider Middle East

With six Arab states having established relations with Israel, a new Middle East is taking shape. But the diplomatic progress, facilitated by the Trump administration’s compensation to those states, …

January 22, 2021

Taiwan
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: The Danger of U.S.-China Confrontation Over Taiwan

Yun Sun is a senior fellow, codirector of the East Asia program, and director of the China program at the Stimson Center. 2020 witnessed tension across the Taiwan Strait unseen since the 1996 miss…

People wave flags while soldiers driving tanks pass on a street as part of a military drill in Taichung, Taiwan, on November 3, 2020.

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

January 22, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
What to Know About the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout So Far

Several countries stand out for their success in delivering coronavirus vaccinations, while most of the world is struggling to figure out how to get immunizations into more arms.