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Friday, 23 June 2017

Brave new world

We are a far cry from the 1800s and the so-called glory days of the British Empire, but sentimentality over ‘making Britain great again’ fuelled the British vote to exit the European Union (EU).
What many political and financial analysts viewed until a day before the British referendum on a European exit as scaremongering has come to be. The 72% voter turnout resulted in a 51.9% vote to leave the EU and a 48.1% vote in favour of remaining. While it essentially signals a split down the middle of UK voters, a closer look at the results reveals that the majority of voters in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the city of London supported the ‘remain’ vote, while the rest of England and Wales with a few small exceptions voted in favour of ‘leave’.
Who would have thought that the Brexit debate’s rising emotions would have reached their apogee in a horrific killing in the streets of a West Yorkshire town a week before the referendum that will determine the economic and global trajectory of Britain? The stakes are high, but it is equally clear that for all the expert opinions on the foolishness of an exit, many people may well vote with their hearts this Thursday, driven by a rhetoric that plays to bygone days of unmitigated national sovereignty and an imperial Britain that ‘ruled the waves’ and was at the centre of…
SAIIA and the University of the Witwatersrand cordially invite you to a public lecture to be addressed by Ciarán Devane, British Council CEO on 'Why soft power and cultural diplomacy matter.'
On 9 March 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by British High Commissioner, Mrs Judith Macgregor, on 'The UK and South Africa: The bilateral relationship today.'
South Africans may not appreciate that a diplomatic Bilateral Forum between South Africa and the United Kingdom is something unusual for the British. Pretoria has many similar arrangements and it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but for the United Kingdom it is rare and in Africa, it occurs only with South Africa.
In 2012, Africa lost an estimated $43-$46 billion to illicit financial flows (IFF). Calculated over time, the size of this “shadow financial system” is staggering. For instance, between 1980 and 2009 the continent is estimated to have lost around US$1.3 trillion. This is according to a report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) released in May 2013.
The 39th annual Group of 8 (G-8) Summit takes place on 17 and 18 June 2013, with the UK as this year's president. To provide insights into her country's plan for this year's summit, Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, addressed a G8 study group this week organised by SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria.
The SADC Secretariat, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ – and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite you to participate in the launch of a series of business case studies documenting theTOP 10 business constraints in SADC region in a tangible way.Johannesburg
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Her Britannic Majesty´s Consul General, Mr Chris Trott on 'Democracy in Burma: the historical context' at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 17H00 for 17H:30 pm.
The United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa (SA) share ideals in foreign and domestic policy that both countries have to live up to. This was the message from Dame Nicole Brewer, High Commissioner to South Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs on Monday 20, June 2011.
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by HE Dr Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, on “Africa in the 21st century: a view from London”.Date: Monday 20 June 2011Time: 18:00 – 19:30 to be followed by a cocktail reception Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University
The South African Institute of International Affairs in conjunction with the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria cordially invites you to a discussion forum led by Senator Hugh Segal, Member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on 'Commonwealth renewal: will the organisation remain relevant?' Date: Monday 23 May 2011 Time: 10:00–12:00, followed by a buffet lunch Venue: Villa Sterne, 212 Johan Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria RSVP: Ndumi Nqunqa Tel: (011) 339 2021 Fax: (011) 339 2154 Email: Nondumiso.Nqunqa@wits.ac.za
As published by The New Age, 5 April 2011 Many countries north of the Mediterranean are battling with significant problems. These will no doubt speed up the process of the movement of economic power from West to East, towards the emerging powers of Asia, and other nations poised to seize opportunities for trade and local development.
As originally published in Growth Magazine, Issue 4, 2009www.growth.co.za In 2007, the ten-year prime ministership of the charismatic Tony Blair came to an end, largely as a result of pressure from his Chan­cellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, who had long aspired to the role. Brown, largely perceived as an uncharismatic politician, was known as an effective Chancellor who managed the nation's finances successfully dur­ing the boom years, but has since been judged profligate with the public finances. He was unfortunate therefore that the credit crunch that severely affected Britain occurred soon after he moved to No 10 Downing Street.…
Recent events in South Africa and Britain show that despite the fact they are regarded by many as examples of good governance, political leaders in both countries are struggling to get a handle on how both to be clean and to be seen to be clean, writes Tšoeu Petlane of the SA Institute of International Affairs.
CLASSICFM: People say the way to empower Africa is to increase trade by bringing down trade barriers. Trade with Africa has actually fallen - as a share of international trade - over the last few years - at a time when it should be increasing. Commentary from Peter Draper at the SA Institute of International Affairs.
At a time when the international community is preoccupied with crises in Iraq, the Middle East, postwar reconstruction in Afghanistan and aid to countries hit by the Asian tsunami disaster, many commentators have justifiably concluded that Africa would be off the radar screens of donor countries save for limited military and humanitarian interventions in a few countries.
Tony Blair's Africa Commission is due to make its report public on how to assist African development early next year. What should this report contain? The problem for Blair and his fellow travellers is not that they lack the best intentions. The commission's establishment is an indication of the priority the UK prime minister has attached to Africa, which, he has said, is a "scar on the conscience of the world".