The shadowy insurgent Nigerian group is remarkably resilient and doesn't rely on one paramount leader.
A viable peace process for CAR requires involvement of the international community, patience to rebuild the state, and courage to support and at times co-manage the political process.
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.
While a giant new stone may attract news glitter and interest, gems and gold are no longer the needed engines of South Africa's economy.
Maiduguri, a key state capital in northeast Nigeria of two million people is now vulnerable -- just as Mosul in Iraq was to a swift takeover by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Arguments that a large African labor pool brings growth through expanded light manufacturing, is belied by the fact that African labor markets aren't now absorbing a vast and growing supply of workers.
The southern African strong man was greeted by President Xi Jinping in a full state visit to China. But did Mugabe put up all his minerals and ore for a badly needed loan?
Mamphela Ramphele's departure from party politics is a sad end to a brilliant career – one that may be so again.
A training center for artisan sewing brings jobs but also healing and self-worth to survivors of sexual violence and conflict in this part of Africa.
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.
The extremist Somalis have killed soccer fans and bombed stadiums. But it seems their jihadis love the beautiful game and have their own 'halal' team. A score requires an 'Alahu Akbar!'
The Chibok girls were abducted in a state the size of Ireland that has 30,000 schools. Those basic logistics are not so easy to surmount.
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.