Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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  • 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 group. Read More
  • BRICS Materials 2015

    Leaders from the BRICS countries - Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa - will meet on 8-9 July 2015 in the Russian city of Ufa. Many key developments are expected to arise from the Summit, which takes place as Russia’s relationship Read More
  • Climate Geopolitics: an Opportunity for Africa to Become a Trailblazer?

    Ahead of the UN Conference of Parties (COP 21) meeting in December 2015, which it is hoped will deliver a universal, legally binding climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol by 2020, Paris is hosting an International Scientific Conference (ISC) Read More
  • 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 Force (ASF) by December this Read More
  • 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. Read More
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Diplomatic pouch (Expert Opinion & Analysis)

  • Marikana Commission’s findings cast light on urgency of labour law reform Following the tragic killing of striking miners at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana on 16 August 2012, South Africa’s government established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of ‘public, national and international concern’ arising…
  • BRICS and Climate Change Reflecting the broadening of the BRICS agenda since the grouping was formed in 2009, the first ever meeting of BRICS environment ministers was held in Russia in April 2015. The ministers agreed to:
  • 25th AU Summit: Political Risk and FDI in Africa The signing of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA) two weeks ago in Egypt between three of Africa’s major economic blocs COMESA, the EAC and SADC is an important development for intra-African trade and investment.…

News and Announcements

  • BRICS Materials 2015 Leaders from the BRICS countries - Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa - will meet on 8-9 July 2015 in the Russian city of Ufa. Many key developments are…
  • 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…

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