Atlantic Council Africa Center (Washington, DC)
South Sudan: Déjà Vu All Over Again
The so-called peace deal between South Sudan’s warring parties is in fact a “desperate play” by the country’s two main political actors to fend off… Read more »
Africa: China Provides Africa Opportunity - and Risk
Next week in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping will open the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the triennial summit gathering of the People's Republic of… Read more »
Central African Republic: Changing Security Landscape - a Catalyst for UN Policy Change?
Amid strong pressure from the Trump Administration, the United Nations (UN) voted at the end of June to cut over $600 million from its peacekeeping budget. The majority of these… Read more »
Mali: After Mali's Runoff, Challenges Remain
Protected by some 36,000 troops especially deployed to counter attacks by jihadist terrorists and other militants that had disrupted voting at 644 polling places (out of 23,041)… Read more »
East Africa: The War 20 Years After Embassy Bombings in Nairobi & Dar
It has been twenty years since that morning of August 7, 1998, when suicide bombers detonated, almost simultaneously, trucks laden with explosives outside the United States… Read more »
Mali: Why Mali's Election Matters
While the July 30, 2018, general election in Zimbabwe - the first in almost four decades where longtime ruler Robert Mugabe won't be on the ballot - has been attracting a great… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Inflection Point - Where Next?
On July 30, for the first time in more than thirty years, Zimbabweans will vote in a presidential election in which one name will be conspicuously absent from the ballot: Robert… Read more »
South Africa: Reflecting on Mandela's Centenary
In the predawn hours of July 18, 1918, not far from the medieval cathedral town of Soissons in northeastern France, twenty-four French divisions, including two segregated American… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Below the Surface, a Game Changer in Congolese Politics
"Shikata," or "remain seated" in Swahili, claim the posters on Congolese President Joseph Kabila's effigy in the streets of Lubumbashi. But while everyone's attention is focused on… Read more »
East Africa: Why Djibouti Is the Loser of the Horn of Africa's New Peace
Ethiopians and Eritreans alike are celebrating the breakneck speed of a rapprochement between Addis Ababa and Asmara, two longtime enemies. Closer ties between the two, while not… Read more »
Ethiopia: Finally, Peace in the Horn of Africa?
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on July 9 signed a declaration ending the state of war between the two countries. Read more »
East Africa: The Reckoning South Sudan Needs
The seventh anniversary of South Sudan’s independence on July 11 is, at best, a bittersweet occasion. Seldom has a country come into being with such promise and good will.… Read more »
Mozambique: Islamist Terrorism - An Emerging Threat?
In October 2017, a little-known Islamist insurgency by the name of "Ahlu Sunna wa-Jama" or "Swahili Sunnah," attacked the town of Mocimboa da Praia in Mozambique's northern Cabo… Read more »
Cameroon: Anglophone Crisis Intensifies
In the past year, both national holidays commemorating Cameroon's foundations - October 2017's independence anniversary and May 2018's National Day salute to the unitary state… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Congolese Opposition Unify Ahead of Presidential Elections
Democratic Republic of the Congo opposition leaders Moïse Katumbi and Felix Tshisekedi are on a US and European tour to lobby for further sanctions against the regime of… Read more »
Burundi: A Flawed Constitutional Referendum
Burundians will go to the polls on Thursday, May 17 to vote in a constitutional referendum set to allow Pierre Nkurunziza, president since the end of the country's civil war in… Read more »
South Sudan: United States Gets Tough
US President Donald J. Trump's administration, expressing displeasure with the government in South Sudan, has started a comprehensive review of its aid programs to that country. Read more »
Nigeria: What's on the Agenda for Buhari and Trump Meeting?
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on April 30 hold the distinction of becoming the first African president to meet US President Donald J. Trump at the White House in… Read more »
Somalia: Nation's Continuing Crisis Worsens With UAE Dispute
The recent statement from the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) that American forces had carried out an airstrike destroying an al-Shabaab truck bomb near Jana Cadalle in… Read more »
Ethiopia: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Marks Milestone, Approaches Completion
The April 2 anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011 passed largely unremarked amid the cascade of momentous news… Read more »
Africa: Who Are the Winners and Losers of Africa's New Free Trade Agreement?
Last month, the leaders of forty-four African nations signed a framework agreement to form a continental free-trade zone that will encompass a billion people and up to $3 trillion… Read more »
Sudan: Bringing Khartoum In From The Cold
After decades of frozen relations with the United States, Sudan is poised to come in from the cold. Following the October 2017 relaxation of longstanding sanctions, Sudan appears… Read more »
Ethiopia: Draconian Emergency Is Counter-Productive
Following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's sudden resignation on Thursday, Ethiopian authorities announced a six-month country-wide state of emergency (SOE), effective… Read more »
Ethiopia: Ethiopia - At the Precipice
Ethiopia's declaration of a state of emergency (SOE) in the wake of widespread protests earlier this week suspends the few democratic rights that Ethiopian citizens enjoy and… Read more »
Africa: Ethiopia - in the Eye of the Storm
After overseeing the release on February 13 and 14 of thousands of political challengers to the regime, Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned amid continuing… Read more »
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