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U.S. Moves to Cut Russia Out of the G20 Could Hit African Economies

The U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Russia should be expelled from the Group of 20 (G20) the forum of leading economies that plays a major role in international economic management. She also said U.S. officials may boycott G20 meetings if Russian counterparts show up at upcoming ...

U.S. Increasing Pressure on African Countries to Choose Sides on Ukraine

The United States and its allies are increasing pressure on African countries to choose sides in the conflict in Ukraine. U.S. officials are engaging with African journalists in order to sway public discussion about the conflict, while diplomatic pressure continues behind the scenes, notably during 

The Ukraine War and Great Power Politics in the Global South

While the war in Ukraine has done a lot to repair the West's once frayed alliance, it's also brought together a disparate group of countries throughout the Global South who have resisted condemning Russia for the invasion and Moscow's brutal assault ...

Russian, Iranian Foreign Ministers in China For Afghan Conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov landed in the eastern Chinese city of Tunxi in Anhui province on Tuesday to take part in a foreign ministers' meeting for the seven countries that border Afghanistan. This is the first time ...

Russia Shores Up BRICS Support on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (photo, second from left) met with ambassadors of the BRICS countries earlier this week to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting formed part of Moscow’s campaign to characterize the Western-led sanctions against Russia as unjust. The BRICS ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Beyond the “New Cold War”: Russia, China, Ukraine, the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones The world watches as a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine unfolds, after a prolonged period of guesswork around Putin’s strategic intentions. Millions of Ukrainians fear for their lives and seek shelter from Russian airstrikes and artillery. ...

First Signs of Joint Sino-Russian Diplomacy in Africa Emerge in Guinea and Kenya

Signs of closer Sino-Russian diplomatic coordination emerged in Africa just three days after President Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Ambassadors from both countries participated in joint meetings ...

Researcher: U.S. Efforts Against Russia and China in Algeria Not Showing a Lot of Progress

Oxford University Russia scholar Samuel Ramani is closely following Algeria's recent talks with the U.S., China and Russia and observed that Washington is making much headway in discouraging Algiers from distancing itself from its two rivals. Ramani regularly comments on Russia-China-Africa issues ...

U.S. Defense Secretary Wraps Up Tour of North Africa With a Parting Shot Towards China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper wrapped up a low-profile five-day, four-country tour of the Mediterranean and North Africa over the weekend and just before he left, he fired off one final diss against China and Russia, accusing them of engaging in "destabilizing actions ...

With Chinese and Russian Warships Heading to South Africa, Pretoria Sends a Powerful Message to the U.S. 

If U.S. officials haven't received the message yet that Pretoria is increasingly aligning its foreign policy with Washington's two most formidable adversaries then the image of Chinese and Russian warships docked in Cape Town later this month should do the trick.  ...
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