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A French soldier during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Operation Barkhane in Mali in 2017. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

The flawed logic behind French military interventions in Africa

It's been 60 years since most of France's former colonies in Africa gained independence. But France still maintains a significant military presence on the continent.
In places where children die with tragic frequency, the collective grief of parents affects all society. Mary Long/Shutterstock

Measuring maternal grief in Africa

In many sub-Saharan African countries, 20% of mothers have suffered the death of a child, a new study finds. In Mali, Liberia and Malawi, it's common for mothers to lose two children.
Riot police officers in front of demonstrators during a march in Ouagadougou in September 2019 called by the UAS union to call for better security measures against terrorism. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

The changing face of Burkina Faso’s terrorist threat

Burkina Faso faces a new terrorist threat. Terrorist groups are now flourishing within its borders.
Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Mali), Mahamadou Issoufou (Niger), Roch Marc Christian Kabore (Burkina Faso) and Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritanie). Olympia De Maismont/AFP

How the Sahel has slipped into a new post-Jihadist era

Local communities only see "crime" and "banditry" when it comes to religious-based Jihadism.
Studies on mortality in sub-Saharan Africa haven’t focused on the effects of climate change. Shutterstock

Climate and mortality rates in Kenya, Mali, and Malawi: what we found

African countries need to take into account the effects environmental changes, like climate change, have on their ability to deal with food security, poverty reduction and lowering mortality rates.
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during a runoff presidential election in Bamako, Mali on Aug. 12, 2018. Reuters/Luc Gnago

Competitive elections are good for democracy – just not every democracy

Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.

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