Commentary: To beat Russian influence in Africa, the West must offer something better

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Chicago Tribune

Russia’s growing engagement in Africa is gaining attention. The Wagner Group, a shady mercenary organization, is the centerpiece of this activity. Since 2015, it has become an important security player in at least a half-dozen countries across the continent. The Russian government denies any connection, but Wagner is widely believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and doing Russia’s bidding. The U.S. government and European partners have been quick to condemn African governments that have accepted Russian mercenary support but have failed to offer a better alternative. For more…

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