As Niger faces its seventh coup in less than three years, Russia’s involvement raises concerns over uranium reserves and Europe’s energy security. Simmering tensions between the US and Iran escalate, while Iran’s entry into West Africa adds complexity to the geopolitical landscape. The world watches, anxious for the next move in this high-stakes game.
Tensions between US and Iran
Amidst the turmoil in Niger, the simmering tensions between the US and Iran are reaching a boiling point. Not to mention, Iran has never shied away in expressing its anger, demanding the US stay out of the Middle East. The US, on the other hand, seems unwilling to back down, increasing oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a move seen as provocative by Iran. Speculations of US involvement in oil smuggling only add fuel to the fire.
Iran’s entry into the West Africa
Iran has repeatedly made clear that it will take any necessary measures to protect its interests and safeguard its waters. Iran has several times warned the US of its shady moves in the Strait of Hormuz. However, the US never really backed down. Hence, Iran has now decided. Decided to play the African card.
The Biden administration faces an unpredictable situation, especially after confronting Russia head-on. And now with Iran entering the Sahel region of Africa, pledging to arm Burkina Faso’s leader, Ibrahim Traoré, tensions are bound to escalate. The Iranian foreign policy, rooted in dismantling imperialist agendas, adds another layer of complexity to the situation.
According to Iran Observer, “Iran will not shy away from arming Burkina Faso’s charismatic leader Ibrahim Traoré. Iran’s entire foreign policy is based on destroying the imperialist agenda.”
US losing ground in Africa
The repercussions of this move are far-reaching. Iran’s entry into Africa presents a significant setback for the US, already facing expulsion from Niger and other West African countries.
General Abdourahamane Tchiani’s latest military coup has thrown President Mohamed Bazoum’s democratically elected government into turmoil. President Bazoum’s removal represents a step towards independence from the West.
Europe’s energy woes
With Russia’s influence growing, Niger’s uranium reserves, crucial for West’s nuclear power generation, now hang in the balance. Anti-West sentiments are on a rise also in Mali and Burkina Faso due to perceived inaction against Islamist attacks. Putin’s claim on Niger’s uranium mines adds to the geopolitical intrigue, leaving the West gasping for stability and alternatives.
The US’s hold on uranium resources is already slipping. And with Russia tightening its grip in West Africa, Iran’s statement towards Burkina Faso becomes a double whammy for the US. As Europe struggles to find stability amidst the chaos, the US may find itself gradually retreating from the African stage.
The situation is far from resolved. As Iran embarks on its African assault, the US finds itself grappling with a complex web of challenges on multiple fronts. Whether the US can retain its position and influence in Africa remains to be seen, but the entry of Iran marks a significant turning point in the region’s dynamics.