What is Russia Doing in the Central African Republic?

“Right now, the Russian “game” in Africa is small and limited to mostly diplomatic and economic overtures. Further, it’s no secret that Russia’s endeavors in Africa are tightly tethered to China’s own movements throughout the continent. In fact, Russia’s most recent attempts to align the CAR with its own foreign policy objectives comes at a time when the country had been partially abandoned to the Chinese. Moreover, both Chinese and Russian attempts to increase their standing and presence in Africa are complimentary. This is all about linking the vast mineral wealth of Africa–in the case of the Central African Republic, it is about connecting their oil fields–to the new Sahel-Saharan Silk Road that the Chinese have been building as a part of their overall One-Belt-One-Road initiative.”

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Saving South Sudan: Taking a Pre-Failed State Toward Successful Statehood

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It was created after having fought a brutal war against Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government of Sudan. President George W. Bush, more than any foreign leader, is the man most responsible for midwifing the birth of South Sudan. Now, South Sudan has become consumed by tribal civil war and is what many experts refer to as the world’s “first Pre-Failed State.” This article advocates for the cantonization of South Sudan to save the 3 year-old country.