SAJIA Volume 29.4, a Special Issue on Russia in Africa: Who’s courting whom?

Image: Getty, Mikhail Svetlov
Image: Getty, Mikhail Svetlov

This special issue which is now online covers a range of topics within Africa’s relations with Russia, with articles from established and emerging voices in the field of Russian politics and African international affairs. It is hoped that this set of carefully curated articles will stimulate reflection, critical thought, and debate on African-Russian relations.

The introductory paper, by guest editors Steven Gruzd, Samuel Ramani and Cayley Clifford, provides an overview of the excellent array of articles found in this special issue. Allard Duursma and Niklas Masuhr provide a contextual understanding of Russia’s history in Africa, while Ovigwe Eguegu focuses on Russia’s private military involvement on the continent. Bhaso Ndzendze and Zimkhitha Manyana explore Russian arms trade in southern Africa and Francesco Generoso looks at Russian interests in the Red Sea region of the Horn of Africa. The other articles similarly explore Russia’s activities from historical, regional, and strategic perspectives. This special issue includes five book reviews, including a pre-publication review by Joseph Siegle of Samuel Ramani’s forthcoming book, Russia in Africa: Resurgent Great Power or Bellicose Pretender?.

SAJIA Volume 29.4, Russia in Africa: Who’s courting whom?

Introduction to the special issue: Russia in Africa: Who is courting whom?

Steven Gruzd, Samuel Ramani & Cayley Clifford

Russia’s return to Africa in a historical and global context: Anti-imperialism, patronage, and opportunism

Allard Duursma & Niklas Masuhr

Perceptions of Russia’s ‘return’ to Africa: Views from West Africa

Leonid Issaev, Alisa Shishkina & Yakov Liokumovich

Russia’s private military diplomacy in Africa: High risk, low reward, limited impact

Ovigwe Eguegu

The quest for influence: Examining Russia’s public diplomacy mechanisms in Africa

Isaac Antwi-Boasiako

A differentiated courtship: A regime-type analysis of Russia’s Southern African (arms) trade, 2012–2019

Bhaso Ndzendze & Zimkhitha Manyana

Manifestations of Russian formal and informal strategies in Southern and Eastern Africa, 2000–2022

Dzvinka Kachur

Russia in the Horn of Africa: Re-engagement in a new strategic environment

Jithin Mathew & John S Moolakkattu

Russian interests in the Horn of Africa: A Red Sea foothold?

Francesco Generoso

Book Reviews

Russia in Africa: Resurgent Great Power or Bellicose Pretender? By Samuel Ramani

Reviewed by Joseph Siegle

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order by Kathryn E. Stoner

Reviewed by Maxim Matusevich

Russia’s Corporate Soldiers: The Global Expansion of Russia’s Private Military Companies by Seth G. Jones, Catrina Doxee, Brian Katz, Eric Mcqueen and Joe Moye

Reviewed by Karen Philippa Larsen

Nuclear: Inside South Africa’s Secret Deal by Karyn Maughan and Kirsten Pearson

Reviewed by Isabel Bosman

Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa edited by Dimitar Bechev, Nicu Popescu and Stanislav Secrieru

Reviewed by Youssef Cherif

15 Dec 2022