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On 12 October, SAIIA invites you to a dialogue on 'Policymaking and the Role of Think Tanks and the Research Community,' addressed by Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad.
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

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
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