Reading list: Africa-Ukraine-Russia relations

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This ASCL Library reading list gives background information on Africa-Ukraine and Africa-Russia relations, and on what the present war between Russia and Ukraine means for Africa. It contains online articles, blogs, infographics, podcasts and videos, most of which are freely available.

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Blog : Collateral damage of the current Russian aggression in Ukraine / Ton Dietz. Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2022.

Blog : Russia in Africa: a new Cold War? / Ton Dietz. Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2022.

Blog : Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spell trouble for Africa’s food security / Assem Abu Hatab. Uppsala : NAI, 2022.

Infographic : Mapping Disinformation in Africa. Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2022.

Infographic : Who is buying wheat from Russia and Ukraine? / Deutsche Welle, 2022.

Infographic : Can Africa offer an alternative to Russian gas? Statista, 2022.

Journal article : The impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the Kenyan economy: evidence from an economy-wide model / Ndong Ntah, M., Nechifor, V., Ferrari, E., Nandelenga, M. W., & Yalew, A. W. In: African Development Review, 8 January 2024.

Journal article : A simulation of the macroeconomic effects of the Russia–Ukraine War on the Moroccan economy using the DSGE model / El Ouazzani, H., Ouakil, H., & Moustabchir, A. In: African Development Review, 11 December 2023.

Journal article : Russia's return to Africa: a comparative study of Egypt, Algeria and Morocco / Němečková, T., Melnikovová, L., & Piskunova, N. In : The Journal of Modern African Studies, vol. 59, no. 3 (2021), pages 367-390.

Journal article : Russo-African Relations and electoral democracy: assessing the implications of Russia's renewed interest for Africa / Akinlolu E. Akinola & Olusola Ogunnubi. In: African Security Review, vol. 30, no. 3, pages 386-402. (Restricted access)

Journal special issue : Special Focus: Africa and the war in Europe.
In : Strategic Review of Southern Africa, Vol. 44 No. 1 (2022)

Journal special issue : Russia in Africa: Who is courting whom? / Steven Gruzd, Samuel Ramani & Cayley Clifford (eds.)
In : South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 29, Issue 4 (2022) (partly Open Access)

Podcast : Hoe de oorlog in Oekraïne ook Afrika raakt. De Africast, 2022. (in Dutch, with Ton Dietz)

Podcast : Mysterieuze Russische huurlingen verkrijgen steeds meer invloed in Afrika. Europa draait door, VPRO/NPO Radio 1, 2022. (in Dutch)

Research paper : Russian mercenaries in Africa / Rohan Kumar. Riverside : University of California, 2022.

Video : Russen in Afrika. Frontlinie, NPO Start, 2022. (in Dutch)

Web article : How the Russia-Ukraine War Impacts Africans / Nosmot Gbadamosi. Foreign Policy Magazine, Africa Brief, 2022.

Web article : The curious case of Russia in Central African Republic / Bram Posthumus. AlJazeera, 2022.

Web article : How Russia-Ukraine conflict could influence Africa’s food supplies / Wandile Sihlobo. The Conversation Africa, 2022.

Web article : Russia - Africa Relations in the 21st Century: Symbiotic or Predatory? / Ogunnoiki, A. O., Ani, I. C., & Iwediba, I. O. In: Covenant University Journal of Politics and International Affairs, vol 9, no. 2 (2022), pages 3650-3663.

Web article : Ukraine Conflict - Implications and Opportunities for Africa / Craig Moffat. ACCORD, 2022.

Web article : Why Africa is divided over the Russia-Ukraine war / Martha Kiiza Bakwesegha-Osula. International Politics and Society, 2022.

Web article : The war in Ukraine: Africa risks paying a heavy price for neutrality / Nicholas Westcott. The Conversation, 2022.

Web overview : Russia’s strategic engagement in Africa. SAIIA, 2022. (includes weblinks, infographics, and video)

Web report : Impacts of the conflict in Ukraine on global food security / Hans van Meijl, Heleen Bartelings, Siemen van Berkum, David Cui, Zuzana Smeets-Kristkova and Willem Jan van Zeis. Wageningen, Wageningen Economic Research, 2022. Report 2022-052.

Web report : Russia’s invasion of Ukraine jeopardizes food security in Africa : shocks to global food supply chains could lead to social and political unrest / Assem Abu Hatab. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; 2022. (NAI Policy Notes).

Web report : Security, Soft Power and Regime Support: Spheres of Russian Influence in Africa / Emman El-Badawy, Sandun Munasinghe, Audu Bulama Bukarti, Beatrice Bianchi. Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, 2022.