I acknowledge my role in endangering African elephants, and Western countries should too.
The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy?
The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them.
How the possible-next Secretary of State helped the U.S. continue a Cold War-style approach to the continent -- and aided a new generation of dictators in the process.
If the U.S. really wants to promote African democracy, why is it partnering with the continent's autocrats to create military spy programs?
As African economies grow, its societies are changing as well.
Underestimated since he took power in 1994, the North Korean leader is shrewder, smarter, and saner than the popular caricatures give him credit for
Could last week's flagrantly stolen election finally lead the world's leaders to insist on more and better from the Congo, and from their own engagement with it?
At 82, the famed biologist E. O. Wilson arrived in Mozambique last summer with a modest agenda—save a ravaged park; identify its many undiscovered species; create a virtual textbook that will revolutionize the teaching of biology. Wilson’s newest theory is more ambitious still. It could transform our understanding of human nature—and provide hope for our stewardship of the planet.
Zambians have voted out president seen as closely aligned with China, which has sent thousands of workers and managers here and to other Sub-Saharan countries
The Chinese government is taking the possibility of pro-democracy protests seriously--and that's what activists want
The Libyan leader's dark legacy already includes some of the continent's worst regimes and conflicts
China will have an unusually difficult time spinning news of Egypt's democratic revolution as an unthreatening narrative
While China has already heavily invested in African infrastructure, there are still opportunities for the U.S. to get involved
To understand today's problems, we take a look back at the early history of independence-era African politics
All across Africa, new tracks are being laid, highways built, ports deepened, commercial contracts signed—all on an unprecedented scale, and led by China, whose appetite for commodities seems insatiable. Do China’s grand designs promise the transformation, at last, of a star-crossed continent? Or merely its exploitation?