It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.
The latest threat to international peacekeeping is political warfare in Washington.
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.
For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.
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.
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.
The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.
The White House bet on guerrilla fighters changing their warring ways. Turns out it was a bad bet.
Energy is supposed to be Africa’s future. But when violence erupts in South Sudan and elsewhere, the pipelines can quickly run dry.
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.
After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.
In South Sudan, a failed coup, violent confusion -- or the first spark of civil war?
What crocodile-infested rivers and hovercrafts tell us about how people value their own safety.
The man behind the myth -- and the tenuous future of South Africa.
With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.
A brutal militia has surrendered in Congo -- but is the war-torn country any safer?
John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?
Shantytown resorts, homeless hotels, and 6 other tasteless vacations for the 1 percent
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.
The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.