Africa

COLUMN

Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

Obama's sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to stop the deadly outbreak. But 250,000 could already be infected by Christmas.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

The Ultimate Ebola-Fighting Force

To defeat the next outbreak, the WHO requires a rapid-response health corps that it can deploy to stop the disease in its tracks.

Jack C. Chow |

Dispatch

Brain Food in the Land of Khat-Chewers

Can a book festival mend wounds created by war and perhaps even counter religious extremism in an isolated corner of the Horn of Africa?

Michela Wrong |

Argument

Does South Africa Have a Fascism Problem?

An ascendant populist movement is shining a light on government corruption. In response, the ruling ANC is resorting to slurs to remind voters that it is the party of the people.

Martin Plaut |

Argument

We Could Have Stopped This

Public health officials knew Ebola was coming. They know how to defeat it. But they’re blowing it anyway.

Laurie Garrett |

COLUMN

How to Get Away With Almost Anything

How evildoers benefit from the world's ADD.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

If You Live in Illinois, Do Not Panic About Ebola

Enforcing travel bans, canceling safaris, and subjecting U.S. college students to health checks all show how ridiculous the global response to the outbreak has become.

Kim Yi Dionne |

In Box

Is Polygyny a Slave to History?

How the slave trade patterns of centuries ago are still shaping African marriages today.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

Seyward Darby |

COLUMN

Running Toward the Danger

Sotloff, Foley, and the doctors fighting Ebola are part of a vital breed of first responders demanded by a new global reality.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Back to the Trenches

After years of pursuing peace and stability, Kenya's political factions are returning to bare-knuckle politics.

Ken Opalo |

Dispatch

No Place to Heal

South Sudan's hospitals have become targets for both sides in the brutal, ongoing civil war. How can you save lives when doctors and patients are living under the gun?

Ty McCormick |

Feature

Princesses Without Borders

The long, weird, tangled history of starting your own country.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian |

COLUMN

The Political Magic of Roads

Is real democracy possible without highways?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.

Kori Schake |

Dispatch

How Not to End a Plague

From thuggish quarantines to botched burials, is the Liberian government’s handling of the Ebola crisis making it worse?

Clair MacDougall |

Report

Forgotten Missions

Out of the headlines but not out of action, the U.S. military is still engaged in long-forgotten interventions.

Kate Brannen |

COLUMN

Franchise Opportunity: Western Union in Somaliland

The self-declared republic's economy is based on remittances from abroad -- which are good business, too. So why is the money-transfer industry under threat?

Michela Wrong |

Argument

How to Prevent Total Disaster in South Sudan

After half a year of fighting, the world's newest country is barreling toward calamity. But its leaders can pull it back from the brink -- if they choose to do so.

Rajiv Shah |

COLUMN

Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola?

Studies show that infectious disease often affects one gender more than another -- but that knowledge isn't being put into practice. 

Lauren Wolfe |

Dispatch

South Sudan's Coming Famine

Renewed fighting in the war-torn country has derailed humanitarian relief efforts, and now tens of thousands are facing starvation.

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola

Experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this plague. If Ebola hits Lagos, we're in real trouble.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

Mayhem at the Hay Adams

Security teams for two African leaders cracked skulls -- literally -- at the White House's big leadership summit. That should never be allowed to happen again.

Jeffrey Smith |

Argument

The Cure for Ebola Is Accountability

Africa's Ebola outbreak isn't just a health care problem. It's also about a crisis of governance.

Blair Glencorse |

Dispatch

How Do You Say 'Kimchi' in Kinyarwanda?

South Korea is offering lessons from its own economic ascent to Rwanda and other African countries -- and bringing business, cuisine, and rice paddies along with it. 

Jonathan W. Rosen |

Argument

Africa's Free Trade Hangover

Why African leaders have growing doubts about the virtues of free trade.

Rick Rowden |

Infographic

Mapping Boko Haram's Growing Insurgency

The militant group's rise is leaving a trail of destruction across Nigeria's northeast.

Reid Standish |