No. 83: Russian Policy Towards Africa and the Near East
Author(s): Mark Katz, Vladimir Shubin
Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perovic, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder
Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute of History, University of Basel
Publication Year: 2010
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest discusses Russia's policy towards Africa and the Near East. First, Mark Katz argues that Russia's active foreign policy in the Near East should be regarded as a prudent policy aimed at reducing tensions on its southern borders rather than an assertion of great power. Second, Vladimir Shubin argues that Russia is placing increasing priority on relations with African countries. The author suggests that an important challenge for these relationships is to improve economic trade links to match the recent increase in political interaction.