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The African Union (AU) is convening its January 2016 summit under the guiding theme: ‘African year of human rights with a particular focus on the rights of Women’. Notwithstanding the themes, which in part focus the deliberations at the Summit, the headlines and the pressing issues facing the continent will always steal the thunder from these lofty themes. This current summit is no different.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 29 January 2016 14:33
From 17-18 December 2015, NeST held a technical working group meeting on 'Defining, measuring and reporting South-South Co-operation.'
Published in Events
Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:15
Three years of international research in Europe and the BICS countries (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) has resulted in a new book, 'Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers'. The chapter 'South Africa-EU energy governance: tales of path dependency, regional power, and decarbonisation' was authored by SAIIA Senior Researcher, Dr Agathe Maupin.
Published in Books
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:52
SAIIA, in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada and the US Embassy in Pretoria, invite you to a seminar to be addressed by three very special guests on the topic: 'Support for countries in transition: lessons from the liberation movement of South Africa'.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 10:00
A webcast is available of the special workshop on 'China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience,' held on 3 December 2015 by SAIIA and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP).
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 07 December 2015 16:44
SAIIA, in collaboration with the Australian High Commission, invite you to a seminar to be addressed by Professor The Honourable Gareth Evans AC QC Former Australian Foreign Minister, on 'Responsibility to Protect: Ten Years On'.
Published in Events
Monday, 07 December 2015 10:24
On 3 December 2015, SAIIA and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) hosted a special workshop on 'China-Africa: a maturing relationship? Growth, change and resilience.'
Published in Events
Thursday, 03 December 2015 15:30

Adept negotiations needed by Africa at FOCAC

By Chris Alden and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
The upcoming Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit in South Africa, the sixth gathering since 2000 and only the second to be held at heads of state level, comes at a time of unprecedented Chinese activism across the globe.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 03 December 2015 12:02
In the context of a ‘normalising’ Chinese economy, that seeks to move from a manufacturing-centred economy to one driven by consumption and services, there are obviously concerns about the impact on Africa through a decrease in commodity exports (and income) to China. Yet such shifts also signal opportunity and perhaps changes in China’s approach towards the continent, to include ‘softer’ issues - like closer public interaction.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 30 November 2015 12:22

FOCAC: Background and 2015 Focus Priorities

By SAIIA's Foreign Policy Programme
Fifteen years after its inception, the sixth Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) will be held in Johannesburg on December 4-5 under the theme, ‘Africa-China Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development’. Launched in October 2000 in Beijing as a tri-annual collective dialogue platform for co-operation between China and Africa, FOCAC is a signal of the dynamic and expanding nature of China-Africa relations. 
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 23 November 2015 16:23
SAIIA invites members of the media to our special briefing on the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), 'FOCAC VI : More of the same or signs of change?' on 19 November 2015.
Published in Events
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:08
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 223, October 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:04
SAIIA Policy Insights No 30, November 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:03
SAIIA Policy Insights No 29, November 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:29
Chinese economic activities in Africa have gained increased visibility in parallel to the recent acceleration of Sino-African relations. But, as two case studies in a new paper illustrate, Chinese operations in Africa are not homogenous and engage with their respective host environments in dynamic ways.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 09 November 2015 12:53
President Jacob Zuma’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo on 16 October 2015 came at a critical time in the bilateral relations of the two countries, with South Africa having made significant investments in the DRC’s political process since the late 1990s.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 08:18
After relatively peaceful elections in Guinea-Conakry returned outgoing President Alpha Conde to power last week in the first round of voting, another West African country - Côte d'Ivoire - is heading to watershed presidential elections on 25 October 2015.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 23 October 2015 11:12
SAIIA has just released a new working paper and short analysis on India-Africa relations under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Published in News & Announcements
Friday, 23 October 2015 05:50
On 12 October, SAIIA, together with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), held a dialogue on 'Policymaking and the Role of Think Tanks and the Research Community.'
Published in Events
Monday, 12 October 2015 13:35
Today, 5 October 2015, South African authorities are expected to submit their reasons for failing to arrest Sudanese President Al-Bashir when he attended the African Union Summit in June 2015. The furore that erupted has fuelled concerns about the place of human rights in South Africa’s foreign policy and highlights the importance for us to consider the nuances of the country’s foreign policy.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 05 October 2015 15:47
In 2011, at the height of piracy attacks along the Somali coastline and the Gulf of Aden, 237 separate attacks were reported. This figure has fallen drastically over the years, with only 12 attacks being reported in 2014. This decline has been attributed to the collective efforts of the international community to address Somali piracy.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Sunday, 27 September 2015 23:25
SAIIA cordially invites you to a media briefing on the Post-2015 Agenda/ Sustainable Development Goals, held on Monday, 21 September 2015, in Johannesburg.
Published in Media
Monday, 21 September 2015 09:56
SAIIA Policy Insights No 24, August 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Friday, 18 September 2015 10:17

Shifting Security Challenges in the China–Africa Relationship

By Ross Anthony, Harrie Esterhuyse and Meryl Burgess
SAIIA Policy Insights No 23, September 2015

Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:53
Today, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene for the 70th time since its inception in 1945, at the UN headquarters in New York. UNGA takes place every year and is one of the few times during which heads of state from all over the world attend to discuss matters of global import.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:00
For the outside visitor, whether first-timer or a more regular one, urban China repeatedly produces the same effect: surprise, then fascination, often followed by disbelief. From sizeable motorways packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, to cranes populating the skyline with innumerable iterations of high-rise buildings, its cities are a direct reflection of China’s rapid (and on-going) development path. Large metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou are not only engines of growth but also seen as showpieces of modernity where processes of destruction and construction are simultaneously underway.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:12
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
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