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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Russia’s Africa Policy

  Alexandra Arkhangelskaya and Vladimir Shubin
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 157, September 2013

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Global Powers and Africa Programme

Russia is demonstrating robust commitment to reasserting its role in Africa. Its re-emergence as a significant African actor has been a recent phenomenon, and one that has received little scholarly attention to date. The paper analyses the main features of contemporary Russia–Africa relations, especially in the context of the 5th BRICS Summit held in Durban, South Africa, on 26–27 March 2013. Russia’s business interests are growing in Africa and it is one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Russia’s policy on the continent needs to be better understood both for its impact on South Africa’s diplomacy, the efficacy of the BRICS in this process, and a more complete assessment of its impact on development prospects.

Authors: Alexandra Arkhangelskaya and Vladimir Shubin