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A country’s sense of security and good governance ultimately isn’t all about eliminating terrorist threats and holding elections, even though they are critical pieces of it. Africans are screaming for a greater sense of autonomy from foreigners in all things political and economic, as well as in how they relate to creating a safe environment. But linking arms with Russia’s regional allies isn’t the answer.
Russia's Wagner Group has plenty of profit-seeking rivals providing similar military and security services that are less chaotic and more reliable by comparison, a dynamic that will factor into its survivability in Africa. With business booming on the continent, entrepreneurs and former elite soldiers the world over want a piece of the action.
The United Nations Security Council is meant to be the place where intractable conflicts can be resolved.As a member of an expert panel reporting to the Security Council on Libya, I saw firsthand how international politicking can make or break the resolutions that matter most — and how great powers prioritize their own ambitions over peace.