Understanding Russia's African engagement: complementarities and competition between South Africa and Russia

South African Institute for International Affairs (Wits University) in collaboration with the Institute for African Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences)

This is a joint study by the South African Institute for International Affairs, based at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute for African Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The study assess Russia's role as a re-emerging actor in Southern Africa, Moscow's Africa policy in the post-Cold War period with strategic allies, i.e.Angola, and the impact this engagement has on South Africa's own engagement and diplomacy in the Southern African region and in broader constellations, likes BRICS and the G20. The objectives of the study are to:

  • evaluate Russia’s engagement in Southern Africa within the framework of Russia’s Africa policy;
  • identify where South Africa locates itself within Russia's African discourse; and
  • understand Russia and South Africa as strategic partners in BRICS and as potential competitors in Africa.

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