Africa

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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 |

Argument

'Playing Straight into the Hands of al-Shabab'

Kenya's counterterrorism approach following the Westgate Mall attack is crude -- and may actually be spawning more violence.

Jacob Kushner |

Argument

Nigeria's House of Cards

The emerging-market darling is coming apart at the seams. And Boko Haram is just the beginning.

Adrienne Klasa |

Report

It’s Not Benghazi, It’s Everything

While Republicans played politics, Libya was imploding. Now the Pentagon is readying an embassy evacuation, and the country may be beyond salvation.

John Hudson |

Report

The Deal That Wasn't

Vladimir Putin went to Shanghai to sign an energy pact worth billions of dollars. Too bad China wasn't ready to play ball.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

South Africa's Never-Ending Party

Jacob Zuma's seemingly invincible ANC is back on top -- but that doesn't mean it will continue to rule “until Jesus comes back.”

Roy Robins |

Feature

Rock Star in a Hard Place

Nigeria's high-flying finance minister built Africa's biggest economy. But can she survive her country's turbulent domestic politics?

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

The Promise of Hashtag

If only Twitter could save Nigeria's stolen schoolgirls.

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

A Birth Defect in the Heart of Africa

Could anything have prevented the tragedy that is now befalling South Sudan?

James Traub |