Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Consequences for Africa If US Designates Wagner Group As Terrorist Organization

 Lawfare published on 7 March 2023 an analysis titled "The Potential Consequences for Africa of an FTO Designation of the Wagner Group" by Naman Karl-Thomas Habtom, University of Cambridge.

The United States has designated the Russian mercenary company, the Wagner Group, as a "significant transnational criminal organization."  There is pressure in Congress to go further and designate it a "foreign terrorist organization."  Doing so could make African countries such as Mali and the Central African Republic that employ the Wagner Group subject to sanctions and may even risk their being designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.