As pope, an African could provoke a subtle but important change in global attitudes toward Africa and focus more attention on a rising continent rich with promise and challenges alike.
China portrays Africa as a partner in common prosperity, rather than a "doomed continent" requiring aid.
Africa is wealthy in oil, gas, iron, aluminum and rare metals.
Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that a natural disaster could quickly, if temporarily, downgrade a rich country to third-world status.
Artist, educator and change-maker from Mali, Coumba Toure, will detail through dialogue, photos and song what is happening on the ground in Mali, particularly with the women and children.
There's nothing sweet about child labor.
In a public discussion with young bloggers, students, and activists from Africa, IPS Associate Fellow and AU Professor Carl LeVan will ask, is there a generation gap in Africa today?
The United States should take a lesson from Africa in dealing with its AIDS epidemic.
IPS' Emira Woods will address the Congressional Black Caucus 42nd Annual Legislative Conference session "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity."
The prospects for a new war in the Sahel appear increasingly probable.