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The Red Line

Jun 11, 2023

The ensuing dramatic demise of Françafrique and the consequential transformation of France's strategic goals in Africa have reshaped much of the geopolitics of the region. France no longer has the overt influence it once did but is instead moving to build influence with old partners through the EU and new partners through large investments into the Commonwealth nations. To France's detriment, though, other players like Russia, China, the UK, and the US have begun to move themselves into these power vacuums left by the French exit, and France may soon lose its primary position within West Africa. Who will end up holding influence over the region's natural resources? Will this impact the private sector as well? And where does the future lie for France's strategic interests? We ask our panel of experts:

- Catherine Gegout (Uni of Nottingham)
- Colby Connelly (Energy Intel)
- Alex Vines (Chatham House)

Intro - 00:00
PART 1 - 05:49
PART 2 - 25:39
PART 3 - 44:02
Outro - 1:02:28


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