In spite of its authoritarian practices, Ethiopia has attracted billions in international aid. The November 2020 conflict in the northern Tigray region should prompt a recalibration of the development model, which promotes economic gains without political inclusion.
Ethiopia’s leader has gained the upper hand in confronting an uprising in the country’s northernmost region of Tigray. But his tough actions have unleashed a torrent of problems.
By any measure, U.S. policy toward Nigeria under Trump has been shambolic and even toxic at times.
Russia squandered close ties with the South African government by overplaying its hand and getting caught up in a corrupt nuclear energy pact.
Russia increasingly looks to Africa to project power and influence. This presents a challenge as the United States seeks to promote democracy, peace, and prosperity.
The Nigerian case highlights the challenges of local-level stabilization efforts while working with a host government that lacks political commitment, capacity, and coordination.
The Nigerian government has rolled out big-budget programs with the stated aim of helping small businesspeople, but these schemes are more often used by corrupt officials to help themselves.
Small businesses are vital to Nigeria’s economy. Yet institutional corruption trickles down and stymies their growth, hindering the country’s economic development.
Boko Haram’s resilience highlights the limits of a purely military solution to Nigeria’s conflict. A broader demobilization, rehabilitation, and reintegration strategy is necessary.
Corruption is the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving its enormous potential.