Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently turned 93, making him the oldest non-royal head of state in the world. But in his 37 years in power, he's become a caricature of the corrupt African dictator....

The business of poaching

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants...

Liberia after Ebola

A year ago the World Health Organization declared the Ebola epidemic in Liberia over. But though the immediate crisis may have passed, Liberia still faces huge challenges in recovering.   Two...

Ethiopia’s state of emergency

Until recently, Ethiopia has been hailed as an African success story. After a decade of strong economic growth, the country has begun to shed its image as a famine-struck wasteland. But repression by...

Boko Haram unbowed

The Islamic State’s attacks in Europe earlier this year made headlines around the world. But there’s another terrorist group that by some estimates has killed more civilians over the past few years than...

Closing the world’s largest refugee camp

Picture a city of about 300,000 people - something the size of Tampa, Fla. or Riverside, Calif. Now picture all of those people in this city being told it’s being closed down and they have to...

Turkey and South Africa media face challenges

Journalists in Turkey and South Africa both work in countries with lively and well-established media. But in both countries, long-running single-party rule has led to challenges for reporters. On this...

Libya, the failed state

After Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from Libya in 2011, there was hope for a peaceful and democratic future in one of Africa's largest oil-producers. Five years later, the country is divided among warring...

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...