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September 30, 2022 30 min

African leaders have resoundingly rejected for our continent to be turned into a battleground for a new, US-led Cold War which, while targeting Russia and China directly, is having huge political and economic impacts in the Global South.

We explore how the shortcomings of the UN system and lack of equitable representation in other major multilateral organizations have undermined African progress and development.

Fun facts include the time the Global North opposed Africa’s UN development agenda because of a single phrase. And current plans to spend US$1.5 billion on global information warfare against China – while China spends to build essential infrastructure in Africa through the BRI.

For more on some of the topics discussed check out:

  • The United States Is Waging a New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, 13 September 2022.
  • Looking Over the Horizon at Nonalignment and Peace by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, 27 September 2022.
  • Making Multilateralism Work for Africa by Development Reimagined, September 2022.
  • Australia ‘must ready Solomon Islands invasion’ to stop China security deal by The Courier-Mail, March 2022

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