Regions / Africa
The African political landscape is being reshaped by women, generating hope for the future of the continent and raising the bar for democracy worldwide.
In 2006, as concern grows over the most pressing security threats, from HIV/AIDS and the bird flu to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, the U.S. will face increasing demands to adapt its Africa policy to address these contemporary challenges.
The "war on terror" disguises military aid that is more likely to be used against domestic political opponents.
France grows less welcoming to former colonial subjects.
The U.S. gets an opportunity in February to end the genocide.
Liberia's new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will need more than photo-ops with the America's first female African-American secretary of State to lift her country out of the ruins of two decades of war.
AIDS information is absorbed through a mesh of stereotypes that make human misery seem like a natural condition of life in Africa.
Despite claims to the contrary, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fighting not over a border but over rival hegemonic claims in the Horn of Africa and over "national pride" and "territorial integrity."
Termed the No Mercy War by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), it has caused at least 65,000 deaths, displaced up to one million people, resulted in severe human rights abuses, and slowed Sri Lankas once-promising development.
Massive injections of U.S. and Soviet arms have kept the war raging between northern and southern Sudan for nearly a half-century.