Thursday, July 2, 2015
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Diplomatic pouch (Expert Opinion & Analysis)

  • The BRICS Academic Forum: A preview of issues for the 2015 BRICS Summit Some five weeks ago I attended the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Academic Forum in Moscow as part of the South African delegation. The discussions held there provide interesting insights into the future direction of the BRICS…
  • Rapid Response an Elusive Political Project? [Updated 29 June 2015] Preceding this month's 25th African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg a meeting of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security committed again to fully operationalise an African Standby…
  • Bashir, immunity, impunity and South Africa As I write this, President al-Bashir has left the country. He should never have risked coming and the South African government should have suspected that something like this might happen.

News and Announcements

  • Benchmarking Foreign Direct Investment in Southern Africa Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been a hot topic in South Africa, following the government's unilateral cancellation of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with the European Union and the release of…
  • Special Focus on Nigeria Following peaceful national elections in March, General Muhammadu Buhari will this week be inaugurated as Nigeria’s new president. On 29 May 2015 Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation will…
  • What are Botswana's options for economic diversification? Since shortly after independence, Botswana has depended on its diamond revenues. The diamond industry is inextricably linked to other industries, both upstream and downstream, that together provide much of the…

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