Africa

Argument

After Mandela

There will never be another Nelson Mandela, but maybe that’s just what South Africa needs to save itself from ruin.

Roy Robins |

Terms of Engagement

The African Century

The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?

James Traub |

Dispatch

Welcome to Cocainebougou

Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.

Yochi Dreazen |

Dispatch

One of These BRICS Is Not Like the Other

South Africa is a mess. So why does it get to sit at the BRICS big boy table?

Roy Robins |

Argument

The Final Frontier

For savvy investors looking to diversify their portfolios, there’s only one place left to go: sub-Saharan Africa.

Todd Moss |

Argument

Egypt's Financial High Noon

Cairo needs to tackle its subsidy addiction. And yes, it’s not going to be easy.

Isobel Coleman |

Dispatch

The Kenyatta Affair

What Kenya and its allies can learn from Austria’s Nazi legacy.

James Verini |

Dispatch

The Jihadi from the Block

In the war for the heart of northern Mali, the real fear isn’t al Qaeda, it’s the criminals and fundamentalists lurking just around the corner.

Peter Tinti |

Argument

Lessons Learned from Kenya's Election

Kenya’s general election wasn’t perfect -- but it was peaceful. Here’s why.

Kristin M. Lord |

Dispatch

Mali's Bad Trip

Field notes from the West African drug trade.

Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Kenya's Most Wanted

The United States must find a way to work with its East African ally, even if it's run by an accused perpetrator of crimes against humanity.

Suzanne Nossel |

Interview

Doctor in a Desperate Land

Why an American has chosen to bind his life to Sudan.

Jeffrey Bartholet |

Argument

Speak Softly and Let Others Carry the Big Stick

The problem with the 'light footprint' approach to U.S. military policy.

Jonathan Morgenstein |

Dispatch

Mad Money

Why foreign aid is at the heart of civil war in Congo.

Anjan Sundaram |

Rebuttal

Our Experience in Luvungi

International Medical Corps responds to Laura Heaton's investigation of mass rape in a small Congolese town.

Micah Williams |

Argument

Alone in the Desert

How Camus explains France's troubling intervention in Mali.

Robert Zaretsky |

Argument

Preventing the Next Mali

Why Washington can’t just sit by and let another full-fledged war break out in Sudan.

John Prendergast |

The List

Democracy’s Backward March

The six countries where freedom is fading fastest.

Elias Groll |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

In Box

Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

Ty McCormick |

Interview

Epiphanies from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Box

The Things They Carried: The Congolese Rebel

Maj. John Imani Nzenze, an M23 rebel commander, reveals what's in his camouflage backpack. 

Anjan Sundaram |

Dispatch

What Happened in Luvungi?

On rape and truth in Congo.

Laura Heaton |

Slide Show

On the Stump with Kenya's Leading Man

As Kenya's election nears its climax, an intimate look at candidate -- and prime minister -- Raila Odinga on the campaign trail.

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin |

Dispatch

The Fall and Rise of Raila Odinga

In Kenya's contested election, the tortured past of family dynasty is alive but not quite well.

James Verini |

Argument

Let Them Eat Subsidies

The Obama administration could revolutionize aid and save billions -- if only Congress would stand up to the farm lobby.

John Norris |

Lab Report

The Kenya Puzzle

In Kenya, progress and dysfunction go hand in hand.

Daniel Branch |

Slide Show

Slumdog Politics

Photos from Mathare, one of Nairobi's sprawling slums, where warlords, witches, and drug dealers stump for votes ahead of next month's election.

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin |

Dispatch

Vote M for Murder

In Kenya, politics is simply the continuation of war, by other means.

James Verini |

Argument

Uncharitable Organizations

Islamist groups are bankrolling terror groups across the Middle East and pretending it's aid work.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |