In recent years, Russia has emerged as a prominent external actor on the continent, forging deeper ties in North Africa, extending its reach in the Central African Republic and the Sahel through the infamous Wagner group, and reigniting Cold War connections in southern Africa. However, the shadow of Russia's invasion of Ukraine looms over Putin's attempts to strengthen diplomatic relationships with African leaders, leading to diverse responses from African states. There are two meetings to watch; last month’s Russia-Africa summit, and the upcoming BRICs Summit! Join us as we delve into the potential impact of these summits not only on Africa but also in an increasingly multipolar world.
Our panel of experts in this episode includes:
Angela Muvumba Sellström, Senior researcher at NAI
Patience Mususa, Senior researcher at NAI
Henning Melber, NAI associate