Episode 8: Russia’s Red Sea Strategy

This episode examines Russia’s emerging strategy for the Red Sea, looking not only at Moscow’s efforts to establish a military base in Sudan, but also its plans to use its regional presence to project influence into Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.

Dr Samuel Ramani, tutor in politics and international studies at the University of Oxford, discusses why Russia is paying growing attention to the strategic and increasingly unstable Red Sea region, as well as what Moscow’s expanding security presence means for the countries of the Red Sea and the Euro-Atlantic community, with host Dr Neil Melvin, Director RUSI International Security Studies.

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Russia’s Growing Ambitions in the Red Sea Region


Neil Melvin

Director, International Security Studies

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