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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.

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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Special Focus on Nigeria

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.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 16, May 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 213, March 2015
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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 132, March 2015
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.
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.
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.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 205, November 2014
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.
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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 115, November 2014
The South African Institute of International Affairs proudly hosted a Speaker’s Meeting addressed by HE Mr Patrick Wamoto, High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa, on 'Kenya: Current Priorities and Challenges.'
As part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, SAIIA held a Foreign Policy Conference from 28 to 30 October 2014 on “Global changes, ‘Africa Rising’ and Agenda 2063: Implications for the foreign policies of South Africa and other African driver states”.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 113, October 2014