What Now for Russia in Africa?
What Now for Russia in Africa?
Podcast / Africa 1 minutes

What Now for Russia in Africa?

This week on The Horn, Alan is joined by researcher Samuel Ramani to discuss Russia’s influence in Africa and how the geopolitical spillover from the Ukraine war might play out on the continent.

Russia’s relations with Africa are under even greater scrutiny in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine and amid the mixed reaction of African states toward the new war in Europe. Over recent years, Moscow has bolstered ties with countries all over the continent, particularly those plagued by internal violence and disillusioned with Western powers. Russia remains a leading arms supplier and Russian private military contractors continue to expand their presence, most recently in Mali. Whether Russia is successfully pursuing a broader strategy, or merely engaging in tactical power plays, remains a matter of debate. Russia has long sought a naval base on the Red Sea and wields its permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for influence on the continent. 

This week on The Horn, Alan is joined by Samuel Ramani, author of an upcoming book on Russia in Africa. They talk about Russia’s historic goals and current strategy on the continent, differing reactions to the invasion of Ukraine, and why some African leaders pursue closer relations with Russia. They also discuss the new significance of African relations for Moscow today and how the war in Ukraine is already changing power dynamics on the continent. 

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For more on the Ukraine War, check out Crisis Group’s extensive analysis on our Ukraine country page.


Project Director, Horn of Africa
Samuel Ramani
Tutor of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

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