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War offers Ramaphosa more options

African mining and energy companies move into new markets and try to steer around sanctions on Russia

Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and western sanctions complicate strategy for some South African mining companies but other African companies are benefiting as Europe scrambles for al...


Navigating through the fog of cold war

Only one national cause defines policy in Algiers and Rabat – and it isn't Ukraine

For Algeria and its ally, the Polisario Front, as for their bitter rival Morocco, a 'national cause' remains their main preoccupation. For Algeria it is independence of the Saharan...


Ramaphosa weighs the cost of Moscow's war

Backed by Russia during the liberation struggle, the African National Congress struggles to find a 'neutral' stance on the Ukraine war

On the scale of economic gains and losses, a quick end to the Russian war on Ukraine would be in South Africa's, and much of Africa's best interest. If that fails to materialise, S...


Danger looms for the UN in Mali

The future of the UN peacekeeping mission is in question – European troops are leaving and evidence is emerging of abuses by the national army and Wagner

A cloud of anxiety hangs over the leaders of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali as they navigate a hostile military government, tumultuous developments in the Sahel and the geopol...


Brussels eyes African energy as it bars Moscow

Pledge to wean the EU from Russia's gas by 2030 will mean changing policy and stepping up investment in Africa

The launch of the European Union's master plan for energy on 9 March was delayed for a week as the war raging in Ukraine forced officials to rethink their goals. Initially, Brusse...


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 ...


UN clashes with Wagner worsen

Moscow's surrogates are undermining the international peacekeepers but diplomats hope a new UN mission chief can stabilise the operation

The Russian-inspired detention of four French soldiers in February at Bangui airport, and the imminent departure of Mankeur Ndiaye, the Senegalese head of the UN's mission to Centr...


Alliances come under heavy fire

Governments across Africa are reviewing ties with Moscow as the international crisis over its Ukraine invasion deepens

Africa is not directly concerned by the Russia-Ukraine war, yet the African Union and a few member states have made their views known loudly, in contrast with their sotto voce resp...

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How Putin revived Moscow's reach

Gas pipelines, mining deals and military business powered post-Cold War relations but now they are at a turning point again

President Vladimir Putin's first visit to Africa in 2006 launched Moscow's renewed push for economic and security ties with the continent. Its success was celebrated at the October...


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