Emmanuel Macron is the first French president born after the end of colonialism, and in many ways, he personifies this generational break through his forward-looking approach to Africa. In 2017, he famously called French colonialism “truly barbarous” and a “crime against humanity” while on a visit to Algeria. Yet, he has done little to abolish the most enduring vestige of French colonialism: Paris’s continued monetary control over 14 sub-Saharan African countries.
Category Archives: Foreign Policy
Why Did the Atlantic Council Even Consider Giving African Dictator Ali Bongo Ondimba a ‘Global Citizen Award’?
Gabon’s president is an outlandishly corrupt autocrat who probably just stole an election. Why did a venerated Washington think tank offer to toast him at a black-tie gala?
How North Korea’s Marchers for Peace Became Fellow Travelers
The Nobel Laureates and prominent activists who recently crossed into North Korea showed a shocking lack of sympathy for the North Korean people.
North Korea’s Fellow Travelers
Gloria Steinem, two Nobel Laureates, and 26 other women will be making a big mistake if they march across the DMZ with Christine Ahn.
Mourning a Musical Dissident
The story of Cameroon’s late ‘Guitar Man,’ who spent his life fighting to take down a brutal autocrat.