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January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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January 7, 2019

Togo
Pressure Mounting Against Dynasties in Togo and Gabon

The past few months have not been comforting for advocates of dynastic succession in Africa. In Togo and Gabon, favorite sons have become focal points for popular frustration.

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January 4, 2019

Sudan
President Bashir Facing Pressure From Protests in Sudan

Fed up with crippling inflation, angry about years of economic mismanagement, and unconvinced that needed reforms are likely to come from the architects of the current crisis, the people of Sudan have been demanding change. It began with people rejecting a rise in bread prices, but for many, it has become a rejection of President Omar al-Bashir and his regime.

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November 14, 2018

Oman
Oman Just Bought Israeli Insurance

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on November 7, 2018. A little more than a week ago, the drumbeat of news concerning Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was briefly inte…

Oman's leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said attends the opening of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Doha December 3, 2007. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR)

October 25, 2018

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q3 2018

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between July and September 2018.

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September 14, 2018

International Criminal Court
Dubious Claims of Common Cause Between Bolton and African Critics of ICC

Earlier this week, President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered a blistering attack on the International Criminal Court, or ICC, long a scourge of his and his audience at the Federalist Society.

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July 24, 2018

South Sudan
Political Splintering at the Root of Failing South Sudanese Peace Deals

On June 27, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar met in person for the first time in two years and agreed to a ceasefire to end the civil war, now in its fifth year. Dubbed the Khartoum Declaration, this latest ceasefire may initially appear to be a victory, but violence resumed mere hours after it went into effect.

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July 19, 2012

Egypt
Tales of Omar Suleiman

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Thursday, July 19.  "I am responsible for the stability of Egypt," Lt. Gen. Omar Suleiman said, his voice rising as his large fist …

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April 12, 2012

Egypt
Egypt: The Omar Theories

It is fair to say that Omar Suleiman’s bid to be Egypt’s next president is one of the most unexpected developments in post-Mubarak Egypt.  The last time anyone had seen or heard from Suleiman, he app…

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April 13, 2018

China
China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port