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Africa’s New Embrace of Russia Risks Alienating China, U.S.

Last week's Russia-Africa Summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi marked Moscow's formal re-entry into the African diplomatic arena. The Russians put on a good show, promising Chinese-style "win-win" development and "no strings attached" aid, all of which was enthusiastically ...

Summits in 2019 Provoke Populist Response: “Draw Close to Your African Leader and Scream at Him to Wake Up!

While major newspapers in Africa explore the geopolitical and strategic implications of the recent Russia-Africa summit and the other international gatherings among the Japanese, Turks, Indians, and Americans this year, there's a very different conversation taking place online. Voices like those ...

With No Evidence, Some US & EU Media Frame Russia Summit as Move to Challenge Chinese Influence in Africa

Agence France Presse and Newsweek were among the Western news outlets who have framed the Russia-Africa Summit story as a bid to somehow "confront" or "challenge" China's massive influence in Africa. What's interesting, though, is that none of that rhetoric is coming from the Russians themselves. Quite ...

The Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi Sounded an Awful Lot Like a China-Africa Summit

China's emergence as a major global power over the past quarter-century has not been accompanied by the rise of a Sinocentric worldview. Unlike the U.S. or Europeans in previous eras, where countries in those regions were able to position themselves at the apex of global power for ...

Landry Singé: 3 Things to Watch for at the Russia-Africa Summit That Starts Today

The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit that starts today in the Black Sea city of Sochi will focus on three specific areas, according to Professor Landry Signé from the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. "Pragmatic economic cooperation, military-technical partnerships, and ...

Russia-Africa Summit: The Bear Returns to Africa

For decades the Soviet Union had extensive ties across Africa, from its contribution to the national liberation movements in countries such as Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and South Africa, as well as its involvement in the Ogaden conflict. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, these relationships ...

With Africa-Russia Summit Kicking Off This Week, Judd Devermont Has Some Advice for How the U.S. Should Respond

The inaugural Russia-Africa Summit will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in the Olympic city of Sochi near the Black Sea. Some 50 heads of state have been invited to what many regard as Russia's formal re-entry into African geopolitics. ...

Is Africa’s Increasing Attractiveness a Signal of Guaranteed Success?

By Timothy Karikari in Beijing and Julie Frimpong-Ansah in Accra A month ago, more than twenty African leaders including the continent’s largest economies Nigeria and South Africa were guests of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the 7th Tokyo International Conference ...

At TICAD7, China is Invisible, but Ever-Present

There’s a real disconnect at TICAD7 this year. This gap isn’t between Japan and Africa. Rather it’s between the experience of being inside TICAD and how it’s represented in the media. The dominant outside narrative is that TICAD is all about China – in

Q&A: How Will Japan Differentiate Its Africa Development Policy from China’s

The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development will take place in Yokohoma on August 29th where delegates from 54 African countries and international organizations are expected to attend. Some of the key themes that are expected to emerge from this year's summit are already starting to ...
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