Russia is back in Africa

Show simple item record Olivier, Gerrit Suchkov, Dmitry 2016-04-26T08:43:14Z 2016-04-26T08:43:14Z 2015
dc.description.abstract The end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union brought an end to the ideology driven special relationship between Russia and various African states. However, after ten years these relations were resuscitated due to major changes on both sides. Under Vladimir Putin's presidency and the economic recovery that followed, Russia made efforts to reclaim a leading role in global politics, while various African states grew politically more stable and economically more successful. This time around, relations were focussed dominantly on economics and trade, rather than on ideology as during the Cold War period. Attracted by Africa's abundant resources, particularly energy and minerals, a small number of mega Russian companies started to do business with the continent at the turn of the century. This reengagement with Africa came somewhat belatedly, after major players, particularly China, the United States and the European Union, had intensified their engagement. At the same time, Russia and Africa found common cause in international political relations, as witnessed by similar policies in multilateral organisations, particularly aimed against Western hegemony in world finance and economy. And as pointed out in this article, Russia needs to embark on a more integrated, userfriendly, transparent and competitive engagement strategy to become a major role player in doing business with Africa. Russia and Africa need also familiarise themselves better with each other, particularly how to do business with one another. As yet, one cannot really speak of a visible Russian pivot towards Africa in its overall international relations. However, if conditions remain favourable, this may develop over time. en_ZA
dc.description.department Political Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Olivier, G & Suchkov, D 2015, 'Russia is back in Africa', Strategic Review for Southern Africa, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 146-167. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1108
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.subject Cold War en_ZA
dc.subject Soviet Union en_ZA
dc.subject Russia en_ZA
dc.subject African states en_ZA
dc.title Russia is back in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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