Issue Brief on “Growing Sudan-Russia Relations and Prospective Strategic Implications in the Region”

The visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Russia on November 23, 2017 created a spur in the Middle Eastern and African region.  The visit, filled with controversial statements against United States , distancing from old allies including Gulf partners, and posturing a strategic shift away from old allies to new partners will create much wider implications for the region.

There are many dimension and opinions to Sudan-Russia rapprochement, some are domestically oriented, while others are of strategic nature. Sudan aims to make its mark on the international and regional stage, and to do so, it needs partners and soon, the time to pick and choose will require tough decisions by Sudan.

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