Burundi: East vs West

Burundi, despite recent elections, is still on the brink of a lot more violence. In the past, the US has been successful in helping create political mechanisms to alleviate these symptoms and forcing various leaders to adhere to these agreements. But it looks like that influence is breaking down, due to a combination of less American interest in the region (the last major agreement was brokered in the early-mid 1990s) but also the increased influence of Russia and China in the country. The Cold War created a lot of East vs West paradigms and patterns throughout the developing world, many of which have lapsed in the past two decades as China and Russia focus on internal development and the US focuses elsewhere. Are we seeing the return of great power competition?



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