Mandela's first visit to the U.S. in 1990s revealed how much America had yet to learn about the anti-apartheid leader who had captured the nation's imagination.
The 99 percent of black South Africans have not tasted the fruits of democracy and freedom.
The international community should accept that a centralized state structure cannot be reconstituted within the borders of what used to be Somalia.
The recent ICC indictment of four Kenyans represents a model for international involvement in conflict resolution in Africa.
Nigeria is facing a perfect storm of crises including a national strike, widespread protests, and sectarian violence in the north.
By clinging to a paternalistic attitude and an antiquated Washington Consensus, the United States has opened up space for a broad Chinese role in Africa.
Kenya's invasion of Somalia, with U.S. support, is as ill-advised as the last time a U.S. ally tried to remake the fractured country by force.
Are we seeing a revolution in the Middle East or just a rebranding of military dictatorships?
Targeting Somali youth as terrorists won't make the United States safer.
After the World Cup bombing by the militant group al-Shabaab, it's time for a strong regional response to the crisis in Somalia.
A renewed engagement with the ICC suggests that the Obama administration is interested in shaping international law while remaining immune to prosecution under the very laws it helps develop.
The United States is scrambling to make sure that the looming break-up of south and north Sudan in 2011 is as peaceful as possible.
The military response to the Somali pirates has only increased their asking price.
Hillary Clinton tried to emphasize the importance of Africa during her recent trip, but only managed to emphasize how marginal the continent remains to U.S. foreign policy.
The Obama administration is going 3D: defense, diplomacy, and development. Is this a major shift from Bush-era doctrine or simply an updated version of the old counterinsurgency approach?
Two different takes on the Somali pirates and next steps to bring peace and stability to the Horn of Africa.
The piracy issue is overblown, and the Obama administration needs to bring all sides to the table to reach a political compromise.