Fall 2020 Conflict Series - What Is Russia Doing in Africa—and Should We Be Worried?

Co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU's School for Professional Studies, The Program in International Relations at NYU's GSAS, the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner

12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
September 15, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.

In fall 2019 Russian President Putin welcomed African leaders to Sochi for the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit, celebrating Russia’s renewed economic and security presence on the continent and promising more. Russia is Africa’s largest weapons seller. Moscow signed military cooperation agreements with at least 20 African countries, and has significant oil, uranium, diamond, and other mining interests there.

Meanwhile the Wagner Group—a “private” security company funded by Putin crony Yevgeny Prigozhin and linked to Russia’s military intelligence service—is fighting the UN-backed government in Libya, challenging the UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic, and recently engaged in combat in Mozambique (and perhaps Mali). Prigozhin has waged disinformation campaigns against the West and provided election “assistance” to Russia’s allies in Africa.

Kimberly Marten,  Professor of Political Science at Barnard and Columbia’s Harriman Institute for Russian and East-Central European Studies (where she served as the founding director of the Program on US-Russia Relations), and Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, will discuss whether or not this is a well-planned Putin plot to restore Russia’s global influence and if we should expect a “new Cold War” in Africa.

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