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November 1, 2023

Global South Combats Deforestation: Congo-Brazzaville Takes the Lead

The countries of the world’s largest tropical forest basins—the Congo, the Amazon, and the Borneo-Mekong—met in Congo’s capital Brazzaville on October 26-28 with an ambitious goal in mind. The idea, first proposed by President Denis Sassou Nguesso, envisions a global coalition of countries home to…
October 27, 2023

Tensions Rise in Chad’s Gold-Rich Region But Implications Radiate Far Beyond It

Close to the Libyan border, Chad’s gold-rich Kouri Bougudi region has been the scene of mounting tensions, compounded by tribal rivalries and external factors. An Intersection of Ethnicities and Interests The Chadian armed forces conduct routine patrols in the area with the stated goal of…
October 26, 2023

Africa and BRICS Support Zimbabwe on Its Anti-Sanctions Day

Zimbabwe marks the country’s 5th Anti-Sanctions Day on October 25, a public holiday introduced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to showcase the country’s resilience to what his government persistently calls ‘illegal and unjustified sanctions’. The date was declared as such in 2019, at the 39th SADC…
October 10, 2023

GIZ: German development projects in Africa

As part of the study on international experience in the digitalisation of public services in African countries, a research fellow of the Center for African Studies of HSE University in Moscow, Russia, prepared an overview of the projects of GIZ. The German Agency for International…
September 26, 2023

The Republic of Congo: The Rumour of a Coup

On September 17, a series of reports on the alleged military coup in the Republic of Congo emerged in social media and media outlets. A couple of hours later, the government of the Republic made an official refutation. We attempted to figure out what was…
August 30, 2023

BRICS Invitations: how did the leaders react?

On August 24th, six BRICS countries were invited to join by the leaders of the group, out of twenty-two announced to apply for membership.  Not all the governments have fully confirmed their participation in the group. The participation of Argentina is uncertain due to the…
April 24, 2023

The Wealthiest Universities in Africa

The development of higher education is an important aspect for the sustainable economic future of African countries. While most African governments declare the need to increase funding and develop the higher education system to create their own highly qualified workers, the real situation with university…
March 15, 2023

Andrey Maslov Comments on the Impact of the Grain Deal on Africa

The grain export deal, which expires on March 18, was extended for 60 days on March 14.  Andrey Maslov, director of HSE Centre for African Studies, commented on the impact on African countries and highlighted its benefits for Russia in the interview for Mezhdunarodnoe obozrenie,…
SDG 17 April 8, 2021

FPRI Discusses Russia’s Growing Influence in Africa

Although Russia and China are evidently working together on certain issues in Africa, the general difference between their approaches is clear. Chris Miller, Director of the FPRI’s Eurasia Program and Samuel Ramani, DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations…
SDG 17 January 31, 2021

Negotiations of President Putin with African Heads of State in 2012-2020

From May 2012 to March 2020 Vladimir Putin has held 56 personal meetings with 22 Heads of State from Africa. Almost half of these (46%) meetings have been with Egypt (13) and South Africa (12). He met with the leaders of Angola, Guinea and Sudan…
Agriculture October 21, 2020

African Import of Russian Grain in 2015-2019

In 2020 the overall trend appears to be continuing. In 1H2020 Egypt was the largest importer of Russian grain across Africa ($515 million), followed by Sudan, Morocco and Tanzania by a large gap: $102 million, $78 million and $57 million respectively. These 4 countries by…
Nigeria September 28, 2020

Russian Export to Nigeria: Companies, Numbers and Categories

In the first half of 2020 Nigeria’s import of Russian goods amounted to $170 million, which is 28% more than in the same period of the previous year. The country’s share in total Russian exports to Africa increased from 2.1% to 3.8%, which makes Nigeria…