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April 29, 2019

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

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

March 11, 2016

Education
Immigration and the 2016 Campaign: The Sad Legacy of Speaker John Boehner

There has been a great deal of ink spilled on the question of who or what is to blame for the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the Republican Party. The alleged culprits include everything from wage …

JohnBoehner

February 21, 2013

Trade
John Kerry's Maiden Speech: Economics Trumps Everything

If there was any question about whether Secretary of State John Kerry would continue Hillary Clinton’s signature “economic statecraft” initiative, it was put to rest in his very first speech. Speakin…

John Kerry delivers his first speech as U.S. Secretary of State at the University of Virginia on February 20, 2013 (U.S. Department of State/Flickr).

May 5, 2017

Somalia
Return of Somali Pirates Alerts Pentagon

This is a guest post by Michael Clyne. Michael is a risk management consultant specializing in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at: @mikeclyne.  Pirate attacks have returned to the Gulf of Ad…

Tuna ship protected off of Somali waters.

May 3, 2017

Somalia
The Presidential Policy Guidance and Somalia

This is a guest post by Rishav Shah, an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Rishav is a graduate of McGill University, where he double majored in International Develop…

Somali soldier taking cover.

April 26, 2017

International Organizations
Salvaging South Sudan’s Sovereignty (and Ending its Civil War)

This post originally appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations The Internationalist Blog and is written by Kate Almquist Knopf, director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and Payton Knop…

Hayley South Sudan

May 5, 2017

South Africa
The ANC Leadership Table: Who is in the Race?

For junkies of South African politics, Ranjeni Munusamy has put together a list of likely candidates for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) at the upcoming party convention in Dece…

Zuma and Ramaphosa in the shadow of Mandela.

May 5, 2017

Nigeria
Nigerian Anxiety Grows over President Buhari’s Health

On May 3, President Muhammadu Buhari missed his third consecutive weekly cabinet meeting. He was also absent from Friday prayers on April 28 and his grandson’s wedding on April 29. On May 1, he did n…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

May 4, 2017

South Africa
The End of South African Electricity Load Shedding and the Prospects of a Nuclear Deal

A cause of South African malaise since 2010 and beyond has been the shortage of electricity. This shortage transcended more than just social divisions (rich and poor, influential and powerless), it a…

Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

May 2, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 22 - April 28

 Weekly update on incidents of violence in Nigeria.