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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

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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