Africa

Dispatch

Mugabe's Shameful Protector

Praising Zimbabwe's slightly-less-fraudulent election is like congratulating Anthony Weiner for sending photographs of his genitals to fewer women this year.

Roy Robins |

Christian Caryl

Zintan Versus the World

Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.

Christian Caryl |

Report

Soldier of Misfortune

David Bax helped save 35 aid workers in a Mogadishu firefight. So why did they turn against him?

Colum Lynch |

Investigation

Africa's Big Brother Lives in Beijing

Is Huawei wiring Africa for surveillance? Or just for money?

John Reed |

Argument

It's Time for Mugabe to Go

The argument for real change in Zimbabwe.

Roy Bennett |

Argument

Wash Out

Mali's presidential vote is scheduled for the absolute worst time -- and Paris is to blame.  

Eamonn Gearon |

Argument

The Breadbasket Is Still a Basket Case

Zimbabwe is bouncing back from recent history's most shocking economic slump. Or is it?

Marian L. Tupy |

Report

Is the U.S. Ramping Up a Secret War in Somalia?

Islamists in East Africa were supposed to be on the run. But the raids and spy flights keep increasing.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Headed South

Why Egypt could turn out looking like Sudan. And that's not good news.

Andrew C. Miller |

Christian Caryl

Mob Rule

Why organized crime is a growing force in world politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Apartheid Amnesia

How the GOP conveniently forgot about its role in propping up a white supremacist regime.

Sam Kleiner |

Argument

Where Apartheid Lives On

Mandela helped South Africans find their way to political freedom. But they still haven’t managed to overcome the economic legacy of the old regime.

Robert Looney |

Argument

The New Power Generation

Why the U.S. government's plan to coordinate and invest in African energy could light up the continent.

Dale Mathias |

Christian Caryl

Blood in the Streets

Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.

Christian Caryl |

Photo Essay

Kony 2013

As if the murderous LRA leader Joseph Kony weren’t bad enough, now he’s poaching elephants.

Kasper Agger |

Daniel Altman

The Nearly Foolproof Recipe to Make Poor Countries Richer

It's not what the World Bank's president is cooking up.

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

Hot Rods

Poking around for uranium inside the world's least secure nuclear reactor.

Jason Miklian |

Argument

Guilt Trip

Why President Obama's tour of Africa is already a disappointment.

Mwangi S. Kimenyi |

Daniel Altman

Time for the Little Guys to Bloc Up

When it comes to trade, there's an easy way for small nations to compete.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Invisible State

It's time we admit the Democratic Republic of Congo does not exist.

Jeffrey Herbst |

Interview

'There's No Such Thing as a Failed State'

The father of emerging markets says we shouldn't give up on the world's Somalias and Zimbabwes.

Blake Hounshell |

Slide Show

The FP Survey: Africa Rising?

More than 60 experts weigh in on whether the "African century" is for real.

Margaret Slattery |

Case Studies

Liberia Leans In

In a country where rape has been used as a weapon of war, reformers are making special efforts to turn women into cops.

Laura Bacon |

Terms of Engagement

From Black Hawk Down to Standing Up

Could Somalia actually be ready to throw off the failed state tag?

James Traub |

Feature

The Wild West in East Africa

What do a handful of South African mercenaries do for an encore in Somalia, once all the pirates are gone?

James Bridger |

The New New Normal

Into Africa

Believe the hype. Africa's rise is real.

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

Argument

The Safe Haven Next Door

Somaliland was once part of chaotic Somalia. Today it's a thriving oasis of peace.

Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo |

EXCERPT

Mrs. Ballarin's War

The improbable tale of a West Virginia heiress the Pentagon hired to take on Somalia's jihadists.

Mark Mazzetti |

Dispatch

The Strange Case of the White Jihadist of Timbuktu

Was Abdul Jalil al-Fransi an al Qaeda fighter -- or a French spy?

Harald Doornbos |

Slide Show

Africa Is a Great Country

Surprising photos from a booming land.

Slide Show |