How Russia expands its sharp power in Africa


Washington must think creatively about how to counter Russia and Wagner in Africa in a way that does not alienate civil society groups, argues analyst .

It’s important that policies do not inadvertently shore up governments that act against civilians’ democratic wishes, as they have in Sudan and Burkina Faso, she writes for Foreign Policy. 

Samuel Ramani, a fellow at the RUSI think-tank and author of a recent book on Russia in Africa, says Moscow has focused on a strip of countries running from Mali to Sudan. “They think they can build a ‘coup belt’ to give them influence and crowd out the west,” he told The FT. 

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