Russia’s Rising Influence in Africa

Author
Agnieszka Legucka, Jędrzej Czerep
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
Russia’s increasing presence in Africa is motivated by global political ambitions and economic goals. To expand its influence, Russia is involved in local conflicts and fuels anti-Western sentiment. Competing with EU and U.S. countries, it is simultaneously becoming an important security partner for many African governments. An obstacle to Russia further increasing its presence in Africa is its weak economic condition, which not only limits the possibility of economic expansion on the continent but also its interference in internal political processes in African countries.
Topic
Security, Foreign Policy, Politics, Bilateral Relations, Soft Power
Political Geography
Africa, Russia, African Union