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Russia’s Southward March to the Indian Ocean: Is Washington Turning a Blind Eye to Putin’s Cold War Renaissance?                                                  

by The Strathink Editoial Team During his December 2017 press roundtable in Addis Ababa, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, appeared blindsided when a reporter asked what would be the U.S. position if Russia starts negotiations to open a military base in Eritrea. Mr. Yamamoto responded by citing a litany of […]

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Dana Rohrabacher, Champion of Eritrea: He’s a Member of Congress. The Kremlin Likes Him So Much It Gave Him a Code Name.

The Strathink Editorial Team has no comment on this insightful New York Times article and recent interview with Eritrean champion Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. By NICHOLAS FANDOSNOV. 21, 2017 Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, has come under intense political and investigative scrutiny for his closeness to Russia. CreditBill Clark/CQ Roll Call, via Associated Press WASHINGTON — For […]

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The Russian Challenge to U.S. Policy in Africa

From Informed Comment Gregory Alonso Pirio and Robert Pittelli | Informed Comment | – – The United States and its Western allies, for the most part, consider the Cold War long over, and with the sanctions levied against Russia in 2014 in response to its confiscation of Crimea from the Ukraine, many in the corridors […]

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Putin and his Oligarchs in Africa: The Scramble for Economic and Military Leverage

by Gregory Alonso Pirio and Robert Pittelli Africa is increasingly becoming a target of Russia’s renewed international assertiveness; its economic and military forays into Africa are often overshadowed, however, by Russian aggression in the Ukraine including the annexation of Crimea and its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The quieter but dramatic Russian engagement […]

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Sudan accuses powerful nations of exerting control over UN

From The Sudan Tribune September 2, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour has criticized the United Nations saying the international organization fell under the domination of some powerful countries. Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session on 2 October 2015 (Photo UN/Cia Pak) He told […]

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Russia, Angola block UN sanctions against South Sudan Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin. Photo: The Washington Post New York, September 15, 2015 (SSNA) — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) latest attempt to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival military Generals was on Tuesday blocked by Russia and Angola. Russia claims that the punitive measures could further worsens the situation, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned. On Monday, US-backed proposal was tabled for UNSC vote, allowing each nation of the 15-member Council to either accept or reject the proposal by 3:00PM, Eastern Time (US). The bid is intended to target South Sudan’s army Chief Paul Malong Awan and rebel General Johnson Olony. Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin appears not happy with US’s wilingness to impose sanctions on the violence-ravaged nation, adding that Russia Federation recently signed a joint communique with South Sudan and Sudan and that the deal included opposition to sanctions. “We think we need to take that into account. The United States, very often they just say ‘sanctions, sanctions, sanctions’ and in some cases it severely aggravates the situation,” Churkin told reporters. In recent weeks, reports suggest that South Sudan’s government has been lobbying Russia to block any UN move that could result in sanctions against the young nation. Fighting broke out in December of 2013 between different units of presidential guards after months of political turmoil among senior leaders of the SPLM. South Sudanese President says his main-rival, Dr. Riek Machar, planned a coup. Machar denies the allegation saying Kiir premeditated the coup in an attempt to try to get rid of his political rivals.

From The South Sudan News Agency Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin. Photo: The Washington Post New York, September 15, 2015 (SSNA) — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) latest attempt to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival military Generals was on Tuesday blocked by Russia and Angola. Russia claims that the punitive measures […]

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Sudan and South Sudan lobby Russia to oppose UN sanctions

From the Sudan Tribune September 11, 2015 (MOSCOW) – Sudanese and South Sudanese foreign ministers have teamed up in calling on the Russian Federation to reject looming sanctions likely to be imposed on South Sudan by the United Nations Security Council. South Sudanese Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (L) meets with Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour […]

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Putin’s Russia and Africa

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell This is a guest post by Eugene Steinberg, an assistant editor at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1961 to 1992, one of Moscow’s most prestigious schools bore the name of Patrice Lumumba, the Soviet-supported Congolese independence leader brutally executed in 1961. Patrice Lumumba University recruited and educated generations […]

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Sudan, the United States and Russia: The Cold War Continues

December 10, 2014–The Sudan Tribune reports that the Government of Sudan is facing difficulties normalizing relations with the United States because the United States is linking improvement of relations with Sudan’s domestic issues. The US has placed Sudan on the list of sets that sponsor terrorism and later imposed economic sanctions on Sudan that, according […]

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Why is the Russian Foreign Minister in Khartoum?

December 3, 2014–Geeskaafrika reports that the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, is in Khartoum for a working visit with Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Karti. This is the first time the two countries have held meetings in Khartoum since the indepence of South Sudan in 2011. The Russian Foreign Minister is quoted as saying that the […]

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