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FOCAC: Background and 2015 Focus Priorities

By SAIIA's Foreign Policy Programme
The Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC), launched in October 2000 in Beijing as a tri-annual collective dialogue platform for co-operation between China and Africa, is a signal of the dynamic and expanding nature of China-Africa relations. 
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:23
During state visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in later 2013, President Xi Jinping outlined China’s vision of a ‘One Belt One Road’ – running overland from China to Eastern Europe – and a complementary Maritime Silk Road that stretches from Southeast China across the Indian Ocean to Dar es Salaam and onward around the Horn of Africa to the Mediterranean. While this vision remains under development, the engagement is intended as a multi-pronged diplomatic, economic and strategic initiative - as well as one that encourages closer cross-cultural contact – that will intensify China’s relations with Africa. Indeed this raises questions…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:07
SAIIA Policy Insights No 22, July 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:31

Co-operation in the South Atlantic Zone: Amplifying the African Agenda

By Aditi Lalbahadur, Neuma Grobbelaar and Rudolf du Plessis
SAIIA Policy Insights No 21, July 2015

Published in Policy Insights
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00

BRICS and climate change

By Agathe Maupin and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
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:
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 06 July 2015 11:02
SAIIA Policy Insights No 20, June 2015

Published in Policy Insights
Monday, 06 July 2015 00:00
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) from 7–10 July.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 03 July 2015 14:47
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 with the United States and its European allies worsens, while its ties to BRICS appear to have become closer.
Published in News & Announcements
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:27
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.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:16
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.'
Published in Events
Thursday, 25 June 2015 17:03
SAIIA Policy Briefing 138, June 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:51
[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 year. The ASF has been ten years in the planning, and in that time has failed to establish a rapid response tool to deal with conflict on the continent.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:22
On Monday 22 June 2015, SAIIA and Chatham House hosted the launch of a report by Alex Vines, Director for Area Studies and International Law, on 'Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators, and Magnates'.
Published in Events
Monday, 22 June 2015 14:22
SAIIA today hosted the Korean Foreign Ministry, to discuss the outcomes of the Fifth MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on 22 May 2015.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 13:48
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.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 15 June 2015 16:46
SAIIA Policy Insights No 18, June 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Monday, 08 June 2015 14:06
SAIIA Policy Insights No 17, June 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Monday, 01 June 2015 15:23
A few weeks ago, forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza stymied a coup d’état in Burundi. A few months earlier, last October to be precise, the exact opposite occurred when an army officer in Burkina Faso, Lt Col. Isaac Zida, dislodged in a bloodless coup d’état West Africa’s former strong-man and president of that country, Blaise Compaoré.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:34
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 formally have a new leader.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:07
SAIIA Policy Insights No 16, May 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 09:44
Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, and one of the 12 fastest growing economies in the world is heading to a general election on 24 May 2015. There is very little to suggest that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which came to power after a bloody civil war in 1991 should have much to worry about.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:20
The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Academic Forum in Moscow took place from 21-23 May 2015. SAIIA's chief executive Elizabeth Sidiropoulos was invited to take part as a member of the South African delegation.
Published in Events
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:28
SAIIA and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), jointly held a Public Lecture on 20 May 2015 addressed by the Honourable Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:56
The South Atlantic Zone refers to a grouping of countries from Latin America and Africa that fall on the littoral border of the South Atlantic Ocean. This region holds significant strategic and economic potential for countries from both regions. Traditionally, South Africa’s regional foreign policy is classified as either ‘Latin American’ or ‘African’. However, an approach that conceives of South Atlantic Zone countries as a single entity offers an opportunity to bridge this conceptual and geographic divide while providing a framework for deeper multilateral co-operation.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:56
In South Africa, it is commonplace to receive a ‘Key to Freedom’ on your 21st birthday. To the recipient, it signifies entry into adulthood and with it the autonomy and ‘freedom’ to forge an independent path. For the parents who bestow this key, it is a conferring of trust in their child to accept the mantle of adulthood with maturity.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:05
This year is seen as an important step towards implementing Africa’s future development plans. With the MDGs drawing to a close, the post-2015 development agenda for the continent is framed around Agenda 2063.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 13 April 2015 14:04
How are states employing cultural diplomacy in an increasingly interconnected world in shaping understanding between societies while promoting preferential co-operation between nations? Observers of China-South Africa relations will have noticed the increasing reference to the ‘China Year in South Africa’ by officials on both sides.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:56
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 213, March 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Thursday, 02 April 2015 12:50
History is likely to regard Nigeria's just-concluded election as the defining one that finally put the country on an irreversible course of democratic maturation.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:12
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 133, March 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:25
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