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Putin in Africa

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This Africa Policy Brief analyses why Russia’s renewed Africa policy is an extension of its political ambition to build strategic control over energy networks. African leaders insist that dealing with Russia diversifies their political and economic alliances and sources of foreign investment. In reality, these deals are tilted heavily in Moscow’s favour, and are designed chiefly to secure its control of prized energy assets.

(Photo credit: GovernmentZA, Flickr)