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June 3, 2024

South Africa
South Africa’s Landmark Elections

As South Africa concludes a set of historic national elections, questions remain on how its democracy will fare in response to a new set of challenges.

People queue to vote in the South African elections, in Cape Town, South Africa on May 29, 2024.

May 23, 2024

Iran
Iran’s Succession Woes, ICC Angers Israel, South Africa’s Election, and More

Iran’s regime carefully vets candidates for new presidential elections after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash; Israeli leadership reacts to the International Criminal Court …

Podcast Staff handle the coffin of late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his burial ceremony in the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran, on May 23, 2024.

May 3, 2024

South Africa
Mutual Suspicion Grates U.S.-South Africa Relations

Tensions in the U.S.-South Africa relationship only heighten as both countries head towards national elections. 

Election posters of different political parties are shown as South Africa prepares for national and provincial elections, in Pretoria, South Africa on April 5, 2024.

February 2, 2024

West Africa
ECOWAS Split Spells Trouble for Democracy in West Africa

Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have left the most important West African regional bloc due to escalating tensions over their democratic decline, leaving room for Russia to assert itself in the region…

February 21, 2024

Russia
Screening and Discussion of "Putin vs The West: At War"

Putin vs The West, a three-part series produced by Brook Lapping, tells the inside story of how the West has struggled to deal with Vladimir Putin, told by the presidents and prime ministers who work…

Play U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin seated in front of a display of books, with the flags of both nations in the background.

April 8, 2024

LGBTQ+
How (Not) to Talk About Sex in Africa

It is time the LGBTQ+ coalition changed its strategy on the continent.

Somone holds up a pride fan with rainbow colors.

December 12, 2023

Peacekeeping
The Role of Peacekeeping in Africa

Africa continues to have more peacekeeping missions than any other continent. As conflict-stricken countries increasingly look outside the United Nations for support, experts say reforms are necessar…

A peacekeeping vehicle transports troops on a dirt road in the DRC.

May 22, 2024

Burkina Faso
When Civilians Become Targets

Recurrent deadly encounters between soldiers and civilians across West Africa offer an instructive glimpse into the state of civil-military relations in the region.

A man uses his mobile phone beside army soldiers who sit on top of a military vehicle.

May 28, 2024

Palestinian Territories
Who Governs the Palestinians?

Power in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the so-called Palestinian territories, has been divided among three entities: a governing body called the Palestinian Authority, the militant group Hamas, a…

Palestinians wave their national flag as they rally beneath images of President Mahmoud Abbas and his predecessor, Yasser Arafat

December 4, 2023

Sub-Saharan Africa
AGOA: The U.S.-Africa Trade Program

AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, but declining support has called the program’s value into question.

A worker wearing a dust mask sews at an export processing zone factory in Athi River, Kenya.