№88: Russia’s Political Offensive in Africa Cover Image

№88: Russia’s Political Offensive in Africa
№88: Russia’s Political Offensive in Africa

Author(s): Jędrzej Czerep
Subject(s): Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: PISM Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Russian Federation; Africa; security policy; annexation of Crimea; Middle East; military policy;
Summary/Abstract: After increasing its leverage in the security domain in post-Soviet states following the annexation of Crimea and proving itself to be a capable game-changer in the Middle East (Syria), Russia turned to Africa in its efforts to regain a global position. In the last year, Russia has focused on strengthening its influence and securing military and economic outposts. Its government-to-government approach tends to favour isolated regimes struggling with shortages of legitimacy by offering them a boost in security capacities. In return, Russia obtains access to cash-effective industries. Both pose challenges to EU policies as the bloc’s African partners increasingly perceive Russia as an alternative source of support.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English