Africa

Dispatch

In Congo, a Disabled Peace

Security is improving in the eastern part of the country -- so why are many refugees worse off than before?

Ty McCormick |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Death and Denial in the Hot Zone

Why do so many people in West Africa think the Ebola outbreak sweeping through the region is a hoax?

Clair MacDougall |

Feature

100 Days of Violence, Rumors, and Loss

Since Boko Haram seized the girls of Chibok, Nigeria has racked up the world’s highest terrorism fatality rate -- and the country is beset by nasty conspiracy theories about who is to blame.

Andrew Walker |

Christian Caryl

The Woman Who Came Back from Hell

How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Missing Link

In 2013, 57 percent of people living with HIV were women. So why has the media frenzy around Truvada, a drug regime that could help prevent infection, excluded them?

Andy Kopsa |

Dispatch

Where the Wild Things Die

Heavily armed conservationists are fighting to save the world’s remaining rhinos. A dispatch from the front lines of South Africa's poaching wars.

Scott C. Johnson |

Report

Coke Brothers

The new $50 billion BRICS bank will finance a wave of heavily polluting coal plants the West wouldn't touch. And that's not all bad.

Keith Johnson |

Slide Show

Horns of Africa

Inside the high-tech, bloody war on rhino poaching.

FP Staff |

Argument

How to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Africa

Obama's major summit with the continent's leaders will only succeed if the White House eschews autocrats in favor of a new generation of democratic champions. 

Jeffrey Smith |

Feature

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ethiopia?

Why the arrest of one of Addis Ababa's most vocal critics is a huge embarrassment for the West.

Martin Plaut |

Argument

The Boko Haram Economy

Nigeria now boasts the largest economy in Africa. So why are homegrown terrorists thriving?

Robert Looney |

Argument

Has Kenya Destroyed the ICC?

The body blows dealt by Nairobi have human rights groups questioning whether the court can -- or should -- prosecute atrocities in South Sudan and other African states.

Michela Wrong |

Investigation

When Wall Street Went to Africa

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. 

Christiane Badgley |

Slide Show

Between Two Posts

With handmade balls and makeshift fields, a rural community in Mozambique celebrates its love of a beautiful game.

Ian Allen |

Dispatch

Will Congo's Rebels Finally Come in From the Cold?

The DRC's most notorious outlaws may finally be ready to end their 20-year war of rape and plunder.

Ty McCormick |

Dispatch

Kenya on the Brink

Somali terrorists, tribal divisions, and political opportunists are conspiring to put the east African nation in a dangerous spot.

Mike Pflanz |

Christian Caryl

Rwandan Shadows

Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

A Game Rigged From the Top Down

Match-fixing by soccer players is the least of the sport’s problems.

Michael Goodman |

Slide Show

Nothing to Celebrate

Ten countries where freedom doesn't ring.

Freedom House |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

Holding It Together

Ending conflict demands more than knowing why countries go to pieces -- it calls for knowing why they don't.

Jon Temin |

Argument

The Game Is the Same

National soccer styles are disappearing -- good riddance?

Adam Bate |

Contest

The Road Not Traveled

Zambia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, yet its health-care system remains desperate. How this landlocked country survives on one doctor for every 23,000 people.

Lauren Bohn |