Tunisia: the Arab Spring’s last light

The Arab Spring toppled long-ruling autocrats across the Arab world. But with Libya in chaos, Egypt back under military rule and Syria and Yemen engulfed in war, only Tunisia has fulfilled the promise of its...

Burundi on edge

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement in April that he would seek a third five-year term set off a year of instability in the central African nation that has left hundreds dead and forced a...

Oil-cursed Equatorial Guinea

At first glance, the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea is doing well. Sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon on the Gulf of Guinea, the oil-rich nation of 820,000 has a per capita GDP equivalent...

New optimism on climate change

The Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has led to new hope that the worst effects of climate change may be avoided. On this edition of Global Journalist, our guests analyze the climate...

Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea

Eritrea is sometimes described as "the North Korea of Africa." And it's a deserved title. The tiny nation, located on the continent’s northeastern coast bordering Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti is ranked...

Is fair trade really fair?

Note this program was originally released July 9, 2015. You see the label on coffee, chocolate, t-shirts and even gold, “Fair Trade.” The extra dollars you pay for the products are meant to guarantee...

Equatorial Guinea’s oil curse

At first glance, the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea is doing well. Sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon on the Gulf of Guinea, the oil-rich nation of 820,000 has a per capita GDP equivalent...

The perils of war reporting

You see them on the battlefields patrolling the front lines and risking their lives. But they are not soldiers, at least not in the traditional sense. They’re war correspondents. These brave men and...
Security personnel investigate the site of a bombing that killed Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in Cairo, Egypt, June 29, 2015.

Egypt in crisis?

It's been two years since the Egyptian military ousted democratically-elected president Mohammed Morsi, replacing him with Army Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Al-Sisi has promised stability but his time as...

Media crackdown in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's parliamentary elections are set to be held May 24th, but there is little doubt the ruling party will win an overwhelming majority amidst a crackdown on independent media and political...