Africa

Argument

The Case for Aid

It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.

Jeffrey Sachs |

Report

Cut Short

The latest threat to international peacekeeping is political warfare in Washington.

Michel Gabaudan |

Argument

Terms of Endurance

Can South Sudan reach a peace deal that will actually last?

Princeton N. Lyman |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

South Africa, Unequal by Design

How Nelson Mandela's legacy is holding South Africa back.

Mike Albertus |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Lab Report

Cleaning House in Kenya's Police Force

Why security sector reform in Kenya has been much more successful than you might think. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Alexander Noyes |

Lab Report

Africa's Powerhouse

Why Kenya's economy is the linchpin of a promising new zone of growth in East Africa. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Mwangi S. Kimenyi |

Slide Show

The Most Memorable Photos of 2013

The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.

Slide Show |

Report

How the U.S. Triumph in South Sudan Came Undone

The White House bet on guerrilla fighters changing their warring ways. Turns out it was a bad bet.

Colum Lynch |

Report

Drill Down

Energy is supposed to be Africa’s future. But when violence erupts in South Sudan and elsewhere, the pipelines can quickly run dry.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Angels and Demons

Pentecostalism is the world's fastest growing religious movement. But in much of Africa, it's fueling witch-hunts and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Jill Filipovic |

Argument

Is Congo Finally Getting Its Act Together?

After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.

James A. Robinson |

Dispatch

'The Power Struggle Was Only Beginning'

In South Sudan, a failed coup, violent confusion -- or the first spark of civil war?

Andrew Green |

Report

Green Rush

How big agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland.

Richard Schiffman |

In Box

What's an African Life Worth?

What crocodile-infested rivers and hovercrafts tell us about how people value their own safety.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

The Selfish State

Why ladder-climbers might make the best do-gooders.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Dispatch

The Angry Man

Why we remember Mandela the smiling grandfather, not Mandela the fighter.

Eve Fairbanks |

Think Again

Think Again: Nelson Mandela

The man behind the myth -- and the tenuous future of South Africa.

John Campbell |

Photo Essay

'I Am Fundamentally an Optimist'

With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.

Marya Hannun |

Argument

The Curse of Low Expectations

Lessons for democracy from Madagascar's election.

Brian Klaas |

Report

Unbroken Violence

A brutal militia has surrendered in Congo -- but is the war-torn country any safer?

Ida Sawyer |

Reality Check

Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

Aaron David Miller |

The List

Slumming It

Shantytown resorts, homeless hotels, and 6 other tasteless vacations for the 1 percent

Catherine A. Traywick |

Report

The Rise of Big Chocolate

Two mega-companies are trying to seize control of the world's cocoa supply. What that means for poor African farmers and your favorite chocolate bar.

Lina Khan |

Christian Caryl

The LGBT Global Values Gap

The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Africa Rising?

The race to build the continent's tallest building is on … finally.

Simon Allison |

Argument

Pirate Droves

How to deal with ransom on the high seas.

Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret) |

Profile

The Rise and Fall of Somalia’s Pirate King

And the reverse-Argo sting that bagged him.

James M. Bridger |

Interview

Pain Relief

UNHCR’s representative to Lebanon talks to Foreign Policy about the worsening refugee crisis that threatens to stretch the country to a breaking point.

Seyward Darby |