Africa’s Proxy War: A Ticking Time Bomb Involving France, Russia, and the US

In a world where power dynamics are constantly shifting, Africa has become the latest stage for a potential proxy war involving France, Russia, and the United States.

The recent coup d’etat in Niger, which ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, has sparked a series of events that could potentially lead to a full-blown military conflict.

France, a long-standing ally of Niger, has vehemently condemned the coup. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed its commitment to press freedom, freedom of expression, and the protection of journalists.

This comes after the junta blocked the signals of French broadcasters France 24 and Radio France Internationale. The move was seen as a direct affront to France, further straining the already tense situation.

Meanwhile, Russia, with its growing influence in Africa, seems to be capitalizing on the situation.

At the recent Russia-Africa Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin stood next to Ibrahim Traore, the young military officer who seized power in Burkina Faso. This act of solidarity with the coup leaders has raised eyebrows and concerns among other African leaders.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has stepped in, issuing an ultimatum to the coup leaders to reinstate President Bazoum or face military intervention.

Nigeria, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and Benin have signaled their readiness to engage in military action if the ultimatum is not respected. However, the lack of trust among ECOWAS members could potentially hinder a coordinated response.

On the other hand, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali, known as the ‘Coup Association,’ have pledged to defend Niger against any foreign intervention. These countries, friendly with Russia, have warned neighboring African states against intervening in Niger’s affairs.

The ousted President Bazoum has called on the international community, particularly the American government, to help restore constitutional order.

His plea underscores the devastating consequences of the coup, including the growing Russian influence propagated by the Wagner Group in the Sahel region.

As the situation continues to escalate, frantic diplomatic negotiations are underway to prevent a conflict that could engulf Russia and the West in another proxy war.

The stakes are high, and the world watches anxiously as Africa becomes the latest battleground in the struggle for global dominance.

In conclusion, the unfolding crisis in Niger is more than just a regional conflict. It’s a complex web of power struggles, alliances, and interests that could potentially ignite a larger, more destructive war.

As such, it’s crucial for the international community to tread carefully and work toward a peaceful resolution.

This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.

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