Thursday, July 2, 2015
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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 - DRAFT 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:31
[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 Policy Insights No 17, June 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:23
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 Briefing, June 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:51
SAIIA Policy Insights No 18, June 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Monday, 08 June 2015 14:06
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
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 132, March 2015

Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:36
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and officially its largest economy as of April 2014, is holding presidential and legislative elections on 28 March 2015, which bear in equal measure the hallmarks of continuity and potential ruptures.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 23 March 2015 14:08
Global energy consumption will increase rapidly in the next decade. The current core energy production sites in the world economy are unlikely to be able to supply this increasing demand. A new book, containing chapters from SAIIA researchers Dr Ana Alves and Dr Agathe Maupin, looks at Sub-Saharan Africa's potential energy resources in this light.
Published in Books
Monday, 26 January 2015 11:15

Mozambique's new president

By Aditi Lalbahadur
In last October's presidential and legislative election, the fifth round of democratic elections to be held in the country since they first took place in 1994, Mozambicans voted Filipe Nyusi of the governing FRELIMO party into power. The former defence minister will be inaugurated on Thursday 15 January 2015.
Published in Multimedia
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:44
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 205, November 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:36
Q&A with Dr. Zhang Chun of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and Dr. Abiodun Alao of King’s College London.The scholarly and policy focus on China in Africa is beginning to move beyond the examination of the macro-trends to a more nuanced emphasis on sectoral and bilateral country studies.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 08 December 2014 01:22
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will be making his second state visit to China between 4 and 5 December 2014. China-South Africa relations have steadily progressed at the bilateral level and beyond, since official relations were established in 1998 - and have been further upgraded to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since 2010.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 16:20
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