"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Included in Russian Science Citation Index on
WoS platform, and EBSCO Publishing.
ISSN 0321-5075
Published since July 1957.

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DOI: 10.7868/S032150751805001X

LAVROV’S AFRICAN TOUR: NEW CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES FOR RUSSIAN COOPERATION WITH AFRICA

Irina O. ABRAMOVA, member, Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Corresponding Member, RAS; Dr.Sc. (Economics), Professor; Director, Institute for African Studies, RAS;, Professor, Chair for African and Arab Studies, RUDN University; member, Editorial Board, “Aziya i Afrika segodnya” journal ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

The article provides a background analysis in connection with the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S.V.Lavrov to Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in March 2018. The author comes to the conclusion that one of the vectors of the Russian foreign policy is slowly shifting towards the «Black continent». Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has become a zone approaching the status of emerging market economies, in particular the BRICS, in what refers to the pace of their development, the increase of their role and influence in the world economy and politics. The old-time views about Africa being a continent of total backwardness and extreme poverty no longer correspond to reality. Today the global centers of power recognize the exclusive economic importance of the Africa. In the present century the continent will be the most dynamically developing region of the world.

CHINA COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS: SIGNIFICANCE FOR CHINA AND ITS FOREIGN POLICY

Tatyana L. DEYCH, Dr.Sc. (History)

This article devoted to such important international event as XIX Chinese Communist Party Congress and to the effects of this event for China economic and political development and its home and foreign policy. As the article shows, the Chinese leaders headed by Xi Jinping were able to solve the problems of power consolidation, overcoming internal struggle and strengthening the authority of the Communist party within the country, as well as to increase China’s influence in the world arena.

RUSSIA AND ETHIOPIA: 120 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

Vladimir P. NEMCHENKO, our Staff correspondent in Ethiopia

This year Russia and Ethiopia celebrate 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Two countries are far from each other, but there are many common moments in their history.

In XVII-XIX centuries Russian people interested in Christian Abyssinia - the name of Ethiopia in those epoch. In that period in Russia appeared Hannibal, an ancestor of Aleksandr Pushkin, a great Russian poet. In the second half of XIX century the Russian Empire started to find new allies including on the African continent.

RUSSIAN SCIENTIST AWARDED MADAGASCAR’S HIGHEST ORDER

Artem V. KOZVONIN, applicant, Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Sciences; Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO in Paris, France

The article is dedicated to the awarding the Malagasy National Order of the degree of «Great Cross of the 2nd class» to Ludmila Kartashova, famous Russian specialist in African studies, leading researcher in the literature, language and history of Madagascar.

IS THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE MOVEMENT STILL ALIVE?

Victoria A. KOROCHKINA, PhD (Political Science)

The article deals with insights into the present Palestinian political landscape which is going to be changed - if not these days then tomorrow.

JAPANESE WOMEN: CAREER PATH

Larisa V. ZHILINA, PhD (History)

In Japan female labor participation are steadily increasing over the past years, and number of the obsolete stereotypes about outright gender discrimination against women in the workplace have been gradually reducing.