Pirates are making headway off the West African coast – the Gulf of Guinea is second only to Somalia in terms of pirate attacks.
There is growing concerns that Al Qaeda in Africa and Latin American drug cartels are working together. Latin American cocaine flights go to Africa, en route to Europe. Are Al Qaeda members on the empty planes back to Latin America?
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the terror suspect who allegedly tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day – hails from Nigeria in West Africa. The Monitor takes a look at how the fight against Al Qaeda is going in the region.
The country, led by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has made significant strides since its brutal civil war ended in 2003.
The day after President Obama's historic trip to Ghana, analysts find few concrete details about future policy shifts.
The visit is seen as a reward for Ghana's commitment to good governance and democracy. There's also newfound oil and a photo-op at a former slave fort.
Gates picks an admiral with diplomatic skills to command US troops in Europe.
Admirals and generals hope to connect with soldiers via their own Facebook pages and blogs. But will they tweet?
A warming climate would mean less food and more immigration, which could worsen ethnic strife.