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Published on: January 26, 2016
Episode 102: Africa’s Big Year and the Kremlin’s Full-Court Press

 Relevant Reading:

The Kremlin’s Western Lawyers
Andrew Foxall

Africa’s Pivotal Year
J. Peter Pham

Good evening, listeners! We have an excellent show for you today as host Richard Aldous speaks with Andrew Foxall about Russia’s reliance on lawyers to bully its Western detractors before discussing Africa’s important year with J. Peter Pham.

First we turn to Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based international affairs think tank, to learn more about the Kremlin’s strategy of employing armies of legal professionals to advance its foreign policy goals. He describes this as war through “lawfare,” as opposed to warfare itself, and explains what the reaction has been in London to the recent report linking Russian president Vladimir Putin to the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

Then, J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, returns to the program to make the case for why 2016 is a pivotal year for African democracy. He discusses the electoral defeat of Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and what that means for African politics, describing it as a potential turning point for the continent. He sets up the elections due to occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo later this year as 2016’s most important upcoming event in African politics, and describes how rapid changes, not just in governance but also in communication, demographics, and urbanization, could set Africa up for success.

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