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Title:A bridge between the global North and Africa? Putin's Russia and G8 development commitments
Author:Jordan, Pamela A.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Studies Quarterly (ISSN 1093-2658)
Volume:11
Issue:4
Pages:83-115
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Russian Federation
Subjects:foreign policy
North-South relations
development cooperation
2000-2009
External link:http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Jordan-Vol11Is4.pdf
Abstract:This article investigates the extent to which President Vladimir Putin's Africa policy between 2000 and 2008 was shaped by Russia's membership in the Group of Eight (G8). Russia joined the Group of Seven to form the G8 in 1998, when it was more focused on its economic and other domestic problems. Mindful of the changing geopolitical situation and Africa's role in the global economy, Russian officials have viewed Russia's ability to forgive the debt of African nations and contribute to solving international development problems within the G8's framework as measures of its economic success and resurgence as a great power. Moreover, its G8-oriented strategy became a key part of Russia's relations with Africa. Putin officials argued that Russia was better positioned to defend the interests of developing countries and could act as a metaphorical bridge between the G8 and the global South. While Russia complied with several Africa-related G8 commitments, its arms sales to Sudan and a widespread perception that it gave Africa inadequate attention during its chairmanship of the G8 in 2006, weakened its attempts to portray itself as a bridge between the global North and Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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