Sudan and South Sudan's leaders met this weekend to begin addressing disputes that have spurred violence in the tense border region.
As Al Shabab's foothold along Somalia's border with Kenya grows, Kenya is vying to prevent its own economy and safety from being undermined.
Cameroon's President Paul Biya removed a two-term limit so that he could run for reelection. He's likely to win, but recent angry rhetoric and violence hint at significant discontent.
Mali has asked for logistical and financial support in its 2012 presidential elections, an event that could solidify huge strides made in recent years.
Egypt and Ethiopia used to be at odds over shared usage of the Nile River's water resources, but Egypt's new leadership seems to prefer cooperation.
Despite hopes of pluralism, Sudan's government is cracking down on Sudan People's Liberation Movement members who stayed behind when South Sudan seceded.
Qaddafi's influence in the region remains strong, despite Niger's recognition of the rebel government, making it difficult for the government and people to make up their minds.