Mozambique Elections Analysis/Russia in Africa
Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Stephanie Burchard, US National Security and Defense expert at the Institute for Defense Analyses, tell host Carol Castiel that irregularities marred the Mozambican elections, which could weaken the fragile peace accord between the ruling Frelimo and opposition Renamo parties. They argue that the goal of devolving power to the provinces might also be at risk. As for the Sochi Summit, it is nothing more than “theater,” says Devermont. However, Russia’s concrete efforts to woo leaders in resource-rich countries, including Mozambique, by fueling insurgencies and quashing a nascent free press, augur ill for the continent and for US national interests.