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Dossier June 2015

Russia and Africa: a Growing Relationship

Should the world be worried because of Russia setting its eye on Africa? Until not many years ago, the question was of little or no importance to geo-political and economic analysts. “Russia is interested in developing economic relations with Africa, but does not have much to offer”, University of KwaZulu-Natal professor Irina Filatova said, for…

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The legacy of the past

At present, Russia’s role in Africa is in some ways comparable – definitely not in size, but certainly in its characteristics – to that of other emerging economies. Unlike many of them (a partial exception is China), however, Russia can play a card that they can’t: history. The expansion of pre-Soviet Russia, for geographical reasons,…

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Between Peace and War

Many things have changed in the Russian presence in Africa since the Soviet times. Moscow is no longer sending its ‘military advisors’ (a euphemism for soldiers and officers) throughout the continent, but Russian arms and troops – in a different way – still have a role in local geo-politics. An element worth mentioning is the…

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Energy matters

One of the reasons for Africa’s current geo-strategic relevance, is beyond any doubt energy: to mention just one factor, a great number of unexploited or barely exploited hydrocarbon deposits, both onshore and offshore, are located in the continent. Russia, at first sight, should have little or no interest in these resources, being self-sufficient from that…

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Advocacy

SDGs advocacy from UN to the Grassroots.

In 2000, the United Nations (UN) held a Millennium Summit and in its Millennium Declaration adopted the eight international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.…

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Baobab

The Lion, Jackal and Man

It so happened one day that Lion and Jackal came together to converse on affairs of land and state. Jackal, let me say, was the most…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. The Voice of the Planet.

The students are on the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that is wrecking…

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