Africa

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 |

Argument

Post-Colonialism on the Pitch

When former colonies face off against their ex-oppressors.

Musa Okwonga |

Argument

The Atlantic Ocean Local Derby

Move over, Putin -- America’s real rival is Ghana.

Kevin Bleyer |

Argument

Just Another Nigerian Scam?

Corruption, fraud, and match-fixing all go together in Africa’s biggest oil pit.

Kevin Bleyer |

Argument

Why Play the World Cup in a Malaria Zone?

Teams venturing inland in Brazil may have more to contend with than the opposition

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Little Countries That Could

Belgium and Uruguay are ready to reap the dividends of diversity.

Musa Okwonga |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Simon Engler |

Argument

It's Not Just About Talent

West African countries have the players to win the World Cup, but they can’t develop them -- just like their economies.

Mallé Fofana |

COLUMN

Please Do Not Teach This Woman to Fish

Why poor countries have too many entrepreneurs and not enough factory workers.

Daniel Altman |

COLUMN

Why Are Africa's Militaries So Disappointingly Bad?

How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats.

Michela Wrong |

Argument

Make Money, End Poverty

Corporations really could make the world a better place -- if only the U.N. and state governments would treat them as equal partners. 

Johan Bergenas |

Report

Foxes Guarding a Hen House

A new U.N. report reveals that peacekeepers sent to the Central African Republic took sides in the conflict. 

Rebecca Hamilton |

Infographic

Where to Invest Around the World, 2014 Edition

Welcome to this year’s Baseline Profitability Index.

Daniel Altman |