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May 14, 2020

Ethiopia
AU Leadership Absent From Egypt and Ethiopia Dam Dispute

After years of negotiations, Egypt has written to the UN Security Council about what it considers to be Ethiopia's failure to reach an agreement over the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam undergoes construction work on the River Nile. The far side of the dam run up against a hewn rockface that rises above the height of the dam. In the distance, a grassy, forested mountain is seen against a dark blue sky.

April 30, 2020

Kenya
A Conversation With Kennedy Odede on COVID-19's Impact on Kenya and Beyond

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews Cofounder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities Kennedy Odede.

A community activist holds a box with donations to be distributed to people in need in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 14, 2020

April 30, 2020

Kenya
A Conversation With Kennedy Odede on COVID-19's Impact on Kenya and Beyond

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews Cofounder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities Kennedy Odede.

A community activist holds a box with donations to be distributed to people in need in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 14, 2020.

April 8, 2020

South Africa
The Pandemic Offers New Opportunities for South African Leadership in the Region

Since assuming office in 2018, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has consistently disappointed those who hoped that he would usher in a new era of South African leadership in foreign policy.

 President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 13, 2020

March 6, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Confronts Falling Oil Prices Amid Coronavirus

The new coronavirus has led to a slowdown in economic activity in China and East Asia more broadly. The global price of oil has now fallen to $53 a barrel. This is beginning to affect the oil-exporting countries of Africa. According to Africa Confidential, three-quarters of Nigeria’s and Angola’s oil production ear-marked for export in April is unsold. Similar deficits are reported from Chad, Republic of Congo, and Gabon.

A man arranges Agip drums at an oil station and depot in Nigeria's capital Abuja, on June 19, 2009.

February 21, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Las Vegas Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy is AWOL in Las Vegas; Bloomberg and Warren talk about Latin America; and foreign po…

Democratic candidates raise their hand to speak while they stand behind podiums at the Democratic debate on Wednesday, February 19.

January 10, 2020

Ethiopia
Abiy’s Agenda and the Future of Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ambitious reform plans for Ethiopia will be tested in the year ahead. Since taking the helm of government in April 2018, Abiy has been a whirlwind of activity, opening up …

A vendor sells a newspaper with a picture of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed on it's cover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 10, 2019.

January 3, 2020

Cameroon
Lessons From the Past on Cameroon’s Crisis

The violent conflict in Cameroon, still rarely discussed in Washington, is becoming increasingly dire. Both President Paul Biya’s Francophone regime in Yaounde and the Anglophone separatists in the southwest region are accused of brutal human rights abuses, including the burning of villages, attacks on schools, and the killing of men, women, and children. Despite mediation attempts by the Swiss government and sanctions by the Trump administration, there are no signs of any progress towards a negotiated settlement. 

A sign saying " Speak English or French for a bilingual Cameroon" outside a now abandoned school in rural southwest Cameroon, on May 22, 2019.

December 19, 2019

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2020

Millions of people around the world voted in 2019. Nigerians opted for the tried and true when they reelected Muhammadu Buhari, as did Canadians in reelecting Justin Trudeau. Ukrainians opted for a f…

Indonesia voter

November 19, 2019

Democracy
The Glass Ceiling for Women in Political Leadership: Data Confirm Gaps in Women’s Representation

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

Deputies attend the first session of parliament following a general election in Madrid, Spain, May 21, 2019.