Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel

Introduction

Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s­—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »

France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation

18/12/2019 – Sharing the cockpit of a helicopter on sizzling tarmac, French and British air force chiefs vowed to pursue the joint fight against jihadists in the heart of the Sahel even as the shadow of Brexit looms over their countries. Continuer à lire … « France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation »

Top Russian diplomat calls for African Union’s involvement in talks on Libya

06/12/2019 – Sergei Lavrov drew attention to the fact that many countries had expressed their concern about the memorandum of understanding signed by Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord on maritime jurisdiction. Continuer à lire … « Top Russian diplomat calls for African Union’s involvement in talks on Libya »

Mali – Estonia likely to double number of Mali troops

05/09/2019 – Estonia’s contingent in a French-led anti-terrorist operation in the West African country of Mali is set to double, Baltic News Service reports. The move comes as part of a wider strategy of increasing Estonian military participation in various international operations and missions.

Continuer à lire … « Mali – Estonia likely to double number of Mali troops »

Israel’s diplomatic thrust into Africa spearheaded by military training

2019/03/07 – TV report says IDF commandos are teaching local forces krav maga, urban combat and hostage rescue in a dozen African nations.

Israel Defense Forces commandos are reportedly training local forces in more than a dozen African nations, part of a broad strategy by Israel to boost its diplomatic ties in the continent. Continuer à lire … « Israel’s diplomatic thrust into Africa spearheaded by military training »

How Russia is growing its strategic influence in Africa

2019/06/02. Much has been made about China’s role and profile in Africa and the factors underlying its activities on the continent. Less debated is the spread and depth of Russia’s contemporary presence and profile in Africa.

There was a strong Russian influence in Africa during the heyday of the Soviet Union. The post-independence governments of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Benin at some point all received diplomatic or military support from the Soviet Union. Continuer à lire … « How Russia is growing its strategic influence in Africa »

Libya and Turkey to activate military cooperation

2018/05/11 – Turkey’s defense minister on Monday held meetings with Libyan officials in the capital Tripoli.

According to a Defense Ministry statement, Hulusi Akar met at the Prime Ministry with officials including Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s Presidential Council, and chaired meetings between the delegations. Continuer à lire … « Libya and Turkey to activate military cooperation »