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Monday, 12 December 2016

Shifting paradigms of aid

On 12 December, SAIIA and the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) organised a one-day workshop at the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York. The workshop looked at the role of emerging actors in conflict-affected countries.
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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 77, November 2013
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 156, October 2013
Like Libya last year, the rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria is forcing tough foreign policy choices the world over. In Ankara, the Turkish government has made its opposition to the Bashar al-Assad government crystal clear. The country's border with Syria is nowadays a porous line across which refugees flee to get away from a country going up in flames. Dissidents and elements of the loosely defined Free Syrian Army also use this border as a space to run logistics. Factions that support either the Assad government or opposition forces in Syria clashed in Lebanon during recent weeks.
An event co-hosted by SAIIA and ACODE, members of the Governance of Africa's Resources Research Network (GARN)Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 36, October 2011
Since gaining independence from the United Kingdom on New Year’s Day in 1956, Sudanese people from both the north and south have had to endure two civil wars that lasted a total of forty years. The first civil war began in 1955, a few months before independence as the state of Sudan, and lasted until 1973. The second civil war started in 1983 and ended 23 years later in 2005, with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). In addition to the massive displacement of people during the most recent war, 2.5 million people lost their lives. Southern Sudan’s…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 86, June 2011
On Saturday, 9 July 2011, Southern Sudan will celebrate its independence from Northern Sudan. Independence for the south has wide ranging implications for the region: firstly, in terms of the impact it will have on relations with Northern Sudan and, secondly, in terms of unresolved border issues such as the disputed district of Abyei. Southern Sudan’s independence is also significant due to the challenge it presents the north and south in terms of managing its new border, and to find a deal on the export of oil from Southern Sudan through the northern pipeline and refinery infrastructures. For South Africa,…
As published in The Star, 28 June 2011 Barring war, natural disaster, or revolution in a country, few events can have such a dramatic impact on the life of a nation as secession. In a state-centric world where territorial boundaries mark the outer limit of sovereign political power, secession affects all facets of political, economic and social existence. While Southern Sudan gears up for its long awaited independence celebrations, tensions along the north-south border, and unresolved questions regarding post-independence management of citizenship and the oil industry are raising concerns.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Petrus de Kock speaking on 'Upheaval in the Nile Basin: a tour from Lake Albert, through Southern Sudan, to Cairo' at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm
27 March 2011: Tensions have escalated between South Sudan and Sudan following reports of bombings of oil fields earlier today. This occurred just a day after the first military clashes between the two countries since South Sudan seceded from Sudan.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 29, March 2011
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Tim Murithi  on “The Birth of a Nation: An Independent South Sudan and the Prospects for Peacebuilding and Development”, at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Tuesday 1 March 2011 Parking is freely available behind the building after 5pm at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
As published in The Thinker, Volume 24, February 2011 After many decades of squabbling, in-fighting and bitter civil war, indications are that the inhabitants of Africa’s largest state have decided that a peaceful split may be better than living “unhappily together ever after”. The long awaited referendum that pessimists thought would never happen was conducted without a hitch. United Nations and IGAD observers agree that Southerners voted in a free and fair atmosphere.
A Roundtable Seminar Report: Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) Thursday, 13 January 2011, 9:30am-2:00pm Jan Smuts House, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a seminar organised by the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme ‘Can Sudan's resources be shared? Implications of the Southern Sudan referendum’Venue: Jan Smuts House
Wednesday, 08 December 2010

Southern Sudan’s Referendum 2010

On the 9th of January 2011 Southern Sudan will vote in a landmark referendum to decide whether or not to become an independent state. During the 54 years since gaining independence in 1956, Sudan has experienced two civil wars that lasted 39 years in total. The 9 January referendum is a crucial component of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (the CPA, signed in 2005) and could, potentially, redraw the political map of the country and the continent.
As Published in The Thinker, Volume 20, September 2010 The plane banks and a dive towards the Juba airport brings a flat green landscape dotted with rocky hills into view. Some say that Juba is at the centre of the world. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. But soon after my arrival I am to learn that this town is a space where worlds happen to collide.
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 25, November 2010
SAIIA cordially invites you to the VIP Corporate Members’ Breakfast event for this year to be addressed by Dr Petrus de Kock, who is a Senior Researcher in SAIIA’s Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme and will be looking at "Sudan: Will it be one or two? Critical choices and new opportunities in Southern Sudan’s referendum".Date: Thursday, 23 September 2010Time:    07:45 for 08:00 (to end at 09:30)Venue:  The Grace Hotel, 54
The South African Institute of International Affairs & College of Community Studies and Rural Development, University of Juba Cordially invites you to the conference: “China in Africa: Debating Sino-Sudan relations“ Date:        15 September 2010 Time:       09:00, for registration Venue:     Oasis Camp, Nile Plot : 19 & 20, Juba, South Sudan RSVP:      Prof. Melha Biel (CPDS) Email:      mbiel55@hotmail.com
On the 10th of July, Khartoum was not only pummelled by the usual desert heat. In the Friendship Hall which overlooks the Blue Nile, the hot issue of the relationship between South and North Sudan came under the spotlight at the official launch of the post-referendum talks between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, acting in his capacity as Chair of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP), paved the way for the talks by presenting four possible scenarios of the form post-referendum relations between North and South…
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 37, June 2009
The first two United Nations resolutions on Darfur were so threatening it was reasonable to expect decisive action from the special UN Security Council meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 18 and 19. But, as is habitual for the UN, little came of the tough talk.
JANJAWEED and the Lord’s Resistance Army are the armed groups accused of gross human rights violations in Sudan and Uganda respectively. Both are under international scrutiny, and a landmark United Nations (UN) Security Council decision on March 31 could herald a renewed focus on justice in Africa.
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