With millions facing hunger and 1.5 million displaced, President Kiir and rebel leader Machar are supposed to lay down arms and figure out a new government. Just the opposite is happening.
Africa is booming based on commodities sales. But buyers like China are not transferring 'know how.' Without more of a middle class and new Mandela-like leaders, things could go sideways.
With civil war, the Security Council changed its South Sudan mission from nation building to civilian protection. Even China is sending peacekeepers.
New fighting in CAR between Ugandan troops and Seleka rebels could also jeopardize what has been a bright spot in the fight against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
When Mugabe drove 4,000 productive white farmers off their land a decade ago it was a tragedy. Kicking out the last 150 seems like a sad farce. Let's hope that cooler heads prevail.
Is Nigeria bifurcating between the teeming urban corridor of Lagos-Ibadan, and the Boko Haram-infested northeast, where killings happen daily?
Ten years ago the UN Security Council mandated the dreaded Janjaweed militia be disarmed. They never really were.
A woman carries a child around the fire, where an effigy of the demon Ghantakarna was burned to symbolize the destruction of evil, during the Ghantakarna festival at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal. According to local folklore, the demon is believed to 'steal' children and women from their homes and localities.
Nigeria has the third largest internally displaced population in the world. Now comes Boko Haram. Neither the government nor international organizations have systematically assessed the situation.
The insurgency is driving people out of the north. But Boko Haram has never formally occupied cities and held swaths of territory. To create an enclave would require a whole new approach.
With six failed banks and runaway corruption, most places in Africa would be looking at a military coup. But the dictator's grip remains strong and he may simply print more money.
Is the militant group a self-styled Islamic insurgency, or part of a protracted civil war? The answer to that question matters.
New analysis suggests the shadowy insurgency benefited from the 2013 war in Mali, that its leader 'Abubakar Shekau' may be both a single person and the name for a collective leadership, and that the group's ability to destabilize remains strong.
Adding up all the dynamics of history, culture, and grievance doesn't explain what's happened with Muslims and Christians. When it comes to violence, not everything has a reason.
A negotiated swap for the girls makes so much sense.
As the votes got counted last week, President Joyce Banda saw the numbers and shouted fraud.
Satellites have been used with great effect to confirm human rights abuses and war crimes. Now they will try to 'follow the money' and track those aiding war in East Africa and beyond.