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Sub-Saharan Africa

Felix Tshisekedi’s Newly-Independent Agenda for the DRC: Modernizer or Strongman 2.0?

Two years into his tenure as President of the DRC, Tshisekedi has only just thrown off the influence of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Now, with total control over his political agenda, the DRC’s leader appears torn between a modern agenda of regional integration and authoritarian repression tactics.

Conflict in Tigray: Implications for Ethiopia’s International Standing

The ongoing fighting in Tigray is the most recent manifestation of tensions in Ethiopia over the country’s system of ethnic federalism. As Prime Minister Abiy employs force to confront regional dissatisfaction, he should consider the implications for Ethiopia’s role as a regional power and an international partner.

Just or Unjust? Securitisation of COVID-19 and Police Brutality in Africa

The trade-off between restricting rights and freedoms and ensuring state security within the COVID-19 context has given rise to extrajudicial killings and brutality against civilians in Africa.

How America’s Flaws Become Russia’s Opportunity

Putin’s Russia is exploiting the flaws of American democracy. To do so, Russia is forging key inroads with developing countries.

Agents of Action: The Youth’s Contribution to the Fight against COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, it has presented an opportunity for the continent’s youth to play transformational roles through research, innovation, and advocacy. Their efforts have greatly complemented state, non-state actors’ actions in the fight against COVID-19.

The Hidden Ingredient in Chocolate: Africa’s Child Slaves

In West Africa, children are kidnapped and forced to work on cocoa plantations. This not only ends their childhoods, but also limits economic development. Consumers can promote West African development by promoting brands that do not use child labor.

Balancing Economic Development and Human Security in the Nile River Basin

As Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan continue negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, President Trump may soon be put in the position of deciding whether to favor water security or economic development in North-East Africa.

Burkina Faso, Five Years After “Revolution 2.0”

In 2014, following 27 years of rule by President Blaise Compaoré, Burkinabe citizens took to the streets in protest of Compaoré’s decision to seek an extension of presidential term limits and resulting in his resignation. Five years after the protests, Burkina Faso has since held the national election that activists demanded. Nevertheless, challenges continue to test the country’s democratic development, including issues and delays surrounding key country-wide decisions, insecurity in the Sahel, and weak rule of law. International organizations need to capitalize on progress made to date and continue supporting democratic growth in Burkina Faso.

Did Russia Achieve its Goals in the Sochi Summit?

President Putin’s Sochi Summit brought an unprecedented number of African leaders to Moscow, developing Russia’s prestige as a supplier of arms to the continent and rattling the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

How Much is 100 Trillion Dollars Worth? The Ever-Fluctuating Zimbabwean Currency

Zimbabwe's recession has highlighted the government's inability to control its economy, most notably seen through exorbitant levels of inflation and cash shortages.

Ethiopia’s Abiy One Year On

A year after his election Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy is being challenged to continue his role as a regional mediator while resolving ethnic tensions at home. How he responds to this popular ultimatum may well shape his legacy.

Ebola: Stubborn and Stigmatized

YPFP Fellowship Editor Danielle Preskitt spoke with Concern Worldwide's Kirk Prichard about the ongoing Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.