Sandnes & Carrozza - Winds of Change The Impact of Non-Western Powers_ Engagement in Afghanistan and the Sahel, PRIO Paper
23 February 2023
Indeed, over the past few years, the involvement of Russia in the Sahel has moved out from under the shadow of European involvement to being at the forefront of public debates in Europe and the Sahel. [...] The UAE has also engaged with the G5 Sahel Joint Force through joining in on meetings, as well as by pledging USD 30 million to the organization.51 The UAE has also supported the French counter-terrorism force in the Sahel with C-130 aircrafts.52 In contrast to the Saudis, the UAE has developed closer cooperation with military actors in Africa, for instance becoming a key partner to Mauritania thr. [...] The Impact of Non-Western Powers in Afghanistan and the Sahel Against the background of these different actors and their varying interests and strategies in the two contexts, this section aims to identify relevant trends, dynamics, and power shifts that may have an impact on political, social and economic processes in the years to come. [...] However, the rela- tionships between the Taliban and both Pakistan and India are troublesome and bear the signs of the traditional rivalry between the two countries. [...] The difference between the soft and the hard approaches by China and Russia respectively also speaks to the clarity of the states’ intentions.