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Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev is a professor at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu. His areas of expertise include Russian foreign and security policies, in particular towards the European Union and in common neighbourhood areas.
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Licínia Simão

Licínia Simão is an assistant professor of International Relations and a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. Her research interests include Russian foreign policy and the post-Soviet countries. She has contributed to several reports on these issues, includin...
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Russia’s development assistance, with a focus on Africa

Andrey Makarychev, Licínia Simão, 29 August 2014

It was not until 2007 that the concept of development assistance became part of the Russian foreign policy toolkit. This policy brief explains Russia’s development assistance policy – mainly towards Africa – as an effect of the country’s global commitments and socialisation dynamics, on the one hand, and Moscow’s growing interest in exploring the potential of soft power as an indispensable element of its diplomacy, since both aspects are interrelated. The policy brief also looks at the mismatches between Russia’s normative discourse in its assistance towards Africa, and the economic and geopolitical interests it pursues simultaneously. This provides room for reflection on the specificities of so-called South-South cooperation, with which the BRICS grouping in particular is often associated.

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