Prigozhin’s Death and Wagner’s Future in Africa
In a violent end to the life of an entrepreneur of violence, Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner private military company (PMC), died in a jet crash on 23 August 2023 in Russia. Aboard the airplane were six other Wagner top leaders including Dmitry Utkin and Valery Chekalov. An admirer of the Third Reich, Dmitry Utkin alegedly played a key role in the founding of the PMC. He was, for example, rumored to have named the group “Wagner” in honor of Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler’s favorite composer. Yevgeny V. Prigozhin was a controversial figure known for his close ties to the Russian government. His operations as a leader of Wagner have raised concerns about human rights violation, accountability, and their impact on global security. In June 2023, however, Prigozhin staged in mutiny against the Russian military leadership prompting observers to question the linkages between Wagner and the Kremlin. While Prigozhin’s death is a major blow to the Russian PMC, it would be extremely dangerous and short sighted to conclude that it marks the end of Wagner’s security and economic influence in Africa. This brief strategically discusses the scope of Wagner legacy in Africa before the death of its founder. It presents future possible scenarios and their implications for Africa.
Mali, France And US
Over the last few months, whether in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, or elsewhere, Africans, the youth in particular, have, in their thousands, frequently and stridently protested French policies in Africa. This is striking when compared to the attitudes of previous generations. This unmistakable intensification of the rancor against France’s policies in Francophone countries’ populace and political and intellectual classes alike seems to have now reached most of the rest of Africa’s elites.
Increasing Influence: China in West Africa
This edition of West Africa Insight reflect on the ways China is extending its influence across West Africa. Tobi Oshodi and James Barnett start by providing an overview and analysis of the role Confucius Institutes, of which there are now 15 in West Africa
Une Influence Croissante: la Chine en Afrique de l'Ouest/ Increasing Influence: China in West Africa
This edition of West Africa Insight reflect on the ways China is extending its influence across West Africa. Tobi Oshodi and James Barnett start by providing an overview and analysis of the role Confucius Institutes, of which there are now 15 in West Africa, are playing in support of China's soft power agenda in the region.
Africa, Trump, and the Stake of the November 3rd Election
The challenges Africa faces have not changed that much over the last few years: Reclaim its battered dignity, build sound economies and democratic institutions, and address a pressing security crisis. In short, to establish throughout the continent effective democratic, accountable political and security governance.