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November 5, 2019

Uganda
How Will China React to Uganda’s Looming Debt Crisis?

Uganda is heading toward a debt crisis. According to a senior official at the Bank of Uganda, unless the country is able to sustain a growth rate of at least 7 percent—which economic projections show Uganda will not do—the country will default on its payments. As is the case for many African countries, China is Uganda’s largest creditor, making up 39 percent of total debt this past fiscal year. If Uganda defaults, it is unclear how China will react.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping flanked by Chinese and Ugandan flags.

July 28, 2015

United States
President Obama Discusses South Sudan in Addis

Addis Ababa is the location of the headquarters of the African Union, which has been deeply involved in the search for an end to the civil war in South Sudan. So, too, has the Ethiopian government of…

SSudan

January 31, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

August 8, 2013

The World Next Week: U.S. Embassies Reopen, AGOA Forum Convenes in Addis Ababa, Mali Holds a Runoff Election

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the reopening of U.S. embassies in the Middle East, the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum in Addis Ababa, and…

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

December 19, 2018

Global
Seven Silver Linings in 2018

This year saw progress in areas from species comebacks to space exploration.

Students celebrate in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital after twelve soccer players and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand.

November 29, 2018

Climate Change
Katowice Climate Summit: What to Watch

The conference in Poland will be a major test of the world’s collective political will to fight global warming. Following through on promises made in Paris will not be easy.

Climate change

October 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Discussion of PBS FRONTLINE's "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia"

Speakers discuss the FRONTLINE documentary “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” as well as U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations. This film captures the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his …

Play Saudi Arabia

October 5, 2018

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.

September 21, 2018

China
China Pledges $60 Billion in Financing to an Increasingly Debt-Distressed Africa

On September 3 and 4, leaders of fifty-three African nations gathered in Beijing for the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), where President Xi Jinping unveiled a new pledge of $60 billion in financing for Africa.

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September 14, 2018

South Sudan
Global Conflict This Week: South Sudan Peace Deal Signed

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Internally displaced people in South Sudan