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Vol 63 No 6

Published 17th March 2022

Pragmatism rules as African states navigate Cold War II

Moscow's clash with the west benefits authoritarians but economic mayhem could trigger a wave of mass protests

Beyond the sweeping international criticism in the UN and other fora of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, African officials fear their region will suffer most from the economic blight and security chaos unleashed by the war in Europe. That informs the reluctance of many to align their states unambiguously to either side in a global diplomatic partition that some are already calling Cold War II.

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