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Foreign Policy

SAIIA’s Foreign Policy research covers three pillars: South African foreign policy; the foreign policy engagement of key African driver countries in their region, with a specific focus on supporting regional peace and security; and the engagement of key global (including emerging) players in Africa, with the view to supporting African development, peace and stability at a national, regional and continental level.

The programme seeks to produce a body of work that assists policymakers, the business community and civil society working on South African and African foreign policy concerns.

Edited by Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Dianna Games, Peter Fabricius, Ross Herbert, Tim Hughes, Richard Gibb, Greg MillsRoyal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 2002rISBN: 87-7964-562-3 Pages: 154Price: R80,00
Edited by Martin Edmonds, Chyungly Lee and Greg MillsSAIIA: 2001ISBN: 1-919810-37-4 Pages: 187 The end of the Cold War has resulted in significant shifts in global security concerns, not least in the Asia-Pacific region. While moves toward rapprochement between the two Koreas are positive, tensions across the Taiwan Straight continue. The military asymmetry of the two Chinas has prompted Taiwan to seek military and political alliances to ensure its security. Missile proliferation in various states, however, poses a threat to the security of the entire region.
Edited by Greg Mills and John StremlauPublished by South African Institute of International AffairsIn collaboration with The Centre for Strategic and International Studies CSISISBN: 1-919810-20-XNovember 2000 "(South Africans) have done so much, in a few short years, to transform this country from an international pariah into an international leader. You have given promise and meaning to President Mbeki’s idea of an African Renaissance. More than that you have earned the admiration and co-operation of the United States.
Edited by Martin Edmonds and Greg MillsForeword by Mosiuoa KekotaPublished by South African Institute of International AffairsISBN: 1-919810-18-8July 2000Published in conjunction with Centre for Defence and International Security Studies
By Neuma Grobbelaar, Greg Mills and Elizabeth SidiropoulosSAIIA: 2003ISBN: 1-919810-50-1Pages: 112The end of Angola’s decades-long civil war in April 2002 has provided Angolans with an opportunity to rebuild their war-ravaged country. As Africa’s second-largest oil producer and the world’s fourth largest producer of diamonds, Angola has the potential to be a powerful economic force in Southern Africa. It has long been a military power, not shy in using its martial abilities both within and outside its borders.
By Garth Abraham, John Battersby, Séan Cleary, Kuseni Dlamini, Martin Edmonds, Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, Greg Mills, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Betsie Smith, and Jack SpenceSAIIA: 2002ISBN: 1-919810-40-4Pages: 119The terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 have dramatically altered the world’s perceptions of security and of the nature of security threats. These events – and the world response to them – have led many analysts to question whether or not this is the beginning of a new world order, one in which the traditional conduct of international relations must be fundamentally altered in response to the rise of a powerful but…
Edited by Christopher Clapham, Greg Mills, Anna Morner & Elizabeth SidiropoulosSAIIA: 2001ISBN: 1-919810-19-6 Pages: 239Price: R70,00Regional integration is based on common assumptions abut political institutions and frameworks. It is also generally accepted as a stepping stone to wider global economic involvement and competitiveness. In Southern Africa, SADC and Comesa are the vehicles for integrating states, all of which have different political and economic experiences.
Edited by Elizabeth SidiropoulosSAIIA: 2001ISBN:  1-919810-22-6Pages: 274"In a world sadly inured to incidents of gross human rights violations, and accustomed to the various reactions of righteous governments and hamstrung international organisations, it is seldom that a single event should spark worldwide debate and polarise international opinion. The March 1999 NATO military intervention in Kosovo in response to serious human rights violations was one of those rare occurrences. Although it generated fierce disputes among political figures, and heated polemic in academic circles, it was clear that the events in Kosovo ushered in a sea-change in the arena of humanitarian intervention. The…
Tuesday, 15 April 2008

China and Africa Project

SAIIA’s China and Africa research project investigates the emerging relationship between China and Africa, analyses the character and content of China’s trade and foreign policy towards the continent, and studies the implications of this strategic co-operation in the political, military, economic and diplomatic fields.
DIRCO Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane speaks at SAIIA From left to right: Michael Spicer, member of SAIIA's National Council, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, SAIIA National Director, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Kuseni Dlamini, member of SAIIA's National Council and Dr Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya, Head of SAIIA's South African Foreign Policy and African Drivers Programme. On Monday evening, 1 November 2010, SAIIA was privileged to host Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (see her biography here), South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, as a special guest who addressed a packed audience at SAIIA at Jan Smuts House in Johannesburg.…
As published on allAfrica.com After a brief stop in Chad last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France went on to visit a country not traditionally part of the French area of influence in Africa - South Africa. The trip was made against the backdrop of a complete overhaul of France's Africa policies, in which Sarkozy is proclaiming partnerships with equal nations instead of relations based on old colonial ties. Romy Chevallier of the South African Institute of International Affairs explains the background.
Position: ResearcherProgramme: Foreign Policy
The despatching of 135 Chinese peacekeeping troops to the troubled Darfur region this week as part of the UN-AU hybrid force highlights the changing role that China is playing in Africa.  Once opposed to any form of international intervention in the domestic affairs of states, the Chinese government is becoming an active participant in UN peacekeeping, providing over 7500 military observers, engineers, medical teams and other specialists in support of peace and stability.  Indeed, since 1990 China has sent troops to 15 UN peacekeeping missions ranging from East Timor to Western Sahara, making it the largest contributor among the five…
China is an enigma. It continues to be a communist state while at the same time depending on capitalist dynamics to achieve economic progress and a prosperous society. It is also a land where both vestiges of an ancient civilization and manifestations of a modern nation serve to confirm its position as a leading civilization.
The extravagance on show at the China-Africa Summit in Beijing last November marked the beginning of a consolidation of ties between the two regions. The world watched in wonder as Chinese and Africa leaders celebrated their ever-deepening economic and political ties against the backdrop of Chinese acrobatic troupes, African drumming exhibitions, the piercing wail of Peking opera and panoramic tourist posters of the African savannah.
Monday, 29 October 2007

China in Africa

Nowhere in the world is China’s rapid rise to power more evident than in Africa.  From multi-billion dollar investments in oil and minerals to the influx of tens of thousands of merchants, labourers and cheap consumer goods, China’s economic and political reach is redefining Africa’s traditional ties with the international community.  Two-way trade has jumped from a modest US$10 billion in 2000 to over US$55 billion in 2006, making China the continent’s third largest trading partner while China’s US$1 trillion in foreign currency reserves are being mobilised to fund projects as far away as Katanga and the equatorial forests of…
Reality is a hard taskmaster. It can be the spoiler of grand ideals, but also the voice of reason. Within two weeks of each other, the European Union and the African Union held their mid-year summits: the former hoped to save some elements of its stalled constitutional process; the latter envisaged the edifice of continental government. The outcomes of both were compromises ... as is the habit of summits.
As published in Business Day THE recent meetings of the Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers in Essen, Germany, and of legislators from the Group of Eight (G-8) in Washington, were pivotal not only because of their shared focus on climate change but because of which states were invited to participate. Alongside the traditional members were representatives of the five big emergent countries - China, India, Brazil, Mexico and SA. This process of restructuring reveals the increasingly apparent legitimacy and efficiency gap in the institutional set-up, a deficiency that radiates out from the G-7 and G-8 summit arrangements to the…
Business DayWho wins in the German election this week may not matter in the short term to Africa. How the new government tackles unemployment and a faltering economy may, however, affect Germany’s developmental and economic engagement with Africa in the medium term.
As published in Business Day WHILE there was great anticipation about the results for Africa at the Gleneagles summit, perhaps the release of Ghana and Rwanda’s African peer review reports will prove more significant. If the deficiencies highlighted are addressed, this will hold greater promise for African accession to the global economy.
By Phillip Armstrong with Nick Segal and Ben Davis SAIIA: 2005 ISBN: 1-919969-26-8 Published by SAIIA and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Series editor: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos The Global Best Practice series examines a number of case studies in various sectors, with the aim of assessing their potential applicability in the Africa developmental context.
Business Day, 21 October 2004British-based human rights interest group Amnesty International has accused Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu (PF) party of exploiting the current food insecurity to its advantage. In its report, Zimbabwe: Power and Hunger Violations of the right to food, Amnesty International is arguing that a large part of the Zimbabwean population has gone hungry due to 'discrimination and corruption'.
Thursday, 29 April 2004

The Tswalu Dialogue

Date: Thursday, 29 April, 2004Venue: South African Institute of International Affairs By invitation only. The Tswalu Dialogue commenced in 2002 as an initiative of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) sponsored by Jennifer and Jonathan Oppenheimer. The Tswalu Dialogue was founded on the broad aim of providing a forum on issues of concern to Africa and its multiple constituencies, sharing ideas, offering fresh thinking and building consensus through debate and a network of interested Africanists.
Position: Senior Researcher Visiting FellowProgramme: Foreign Policy / Governance of Africa's Resources Programme
Associate Senior Research Fellow on South African Foreign policy and China-Africa Relations
Research Associate
Position: Programme ManagerProgramme: Foreign Policy
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