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ABOUT GLOBAL POWERS AND AFRICA


The most significant factor that has changed perceptions about Africa’s place in the world has been the flurry of activities surrounding the increasing engagement of emerging powers in the continent. South Africa, China, India, Brazil and Russia are today formidable actors in Africa, competing and co-operating with and sometimes superseding relations with traditional regional and international partners, across almost every sphere of external engagement.

The Global Powers and Africa (GPA) programme focuses on emerging global players as well as the advanced industrial powers such as the EU, Japan and the US, and assesses their engagement with African countries. Since 2006, our flagship research on China and Africa continues to be supported under this program; with the objective of understanding the motives and institutional structures guiding China’s Africa policy.  Framing these within the broader needs of African development and the changing African policy, economic and social landscapes form a key focus of our original research.

In this context we are undertaking and supporting research on other emerging countries, as well as South-South and North-South dialogue, to assist policymaking that will deliver good, transparent governance and sustainable development on the continent.

Global Powers and Africa

China is on course to becoming more deeply involved in Africa's security landscape. While the motivation behind Chinese involvement remains primarily economic, the growing exposure of its interests to the vagaries of African politics and pressures to demonstrate greater global activism are bringing about a reconsideration of Beijing's approach to the continent.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:20
As the sixth BRICS head of state summit approaches, it is clear that the grouping’s agenda is far from static. The BRICS Policy Center (BPC) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a seminar to address some of the inter-BRICS and intra-BRICS dynamics relevant to the consolidation of the grouping as a whole.
Published in Events
Friday, 14 March 2014 10:41
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 85, March 2014
Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:10
This year’s Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Summit will be held in July in Fortaleza, Brazil. Experts from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) will be in Brazil from Wednesday 12 March 2014 for a number of events related to the upcoming Summit.
Published in Media
Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:23
In little over a decade Brazil has orbited from the periphery to the core of the international system. In 2014, the year that Brazil is to host the World Cup and the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) summit, three new SAIIA publications provide insights into this rising power.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:49
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 179, March 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:24
How effective are the BRICS in inspiring confidence in their public diplomacy? This question lies at the heart of their soft power.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:59
SAIIA recently held a two-day meeting called "BRICS and Africa: A Partnership for Sustainable Development." Our Brazilian partners from the BRICS Policy Centre joined the discussions on the political, economic and security issues related to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa or the BRICS group of emerging countries. We used the opportunity to speak to Paulo Esteves, the General Supervisor at Brazil’s BRICS Policy Centre and Head of the International Relations Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 18 November 2013 22:49
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Brazil hosted a conference on ‘BRICS and Africa – A Partnership for Sustainable Development?’. Presentations and other materials are available here.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:28
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 161, November 2013
Published in Occasional Papers
Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:00
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 77, November 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 04 November 2013 20:00
On 21 to 22 October, SAIIA's chief executive, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, and researcher, Yu-Shan Wu, participated in the launch of the Think Tank 10 + 10 Partnership Plan in Beijing. This partnership plan evolved out of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF), which had been established in 2011 by Zhejiang Normal University.
Published in News & Announcements
Sunday, 03 November 2013 22:25
Africa’s rise over the past decade has worked like a magnet, attracting to the continent new and old partners alike. While the mounting interest in the continent by emerging powers such as China, India and Brazil, and traditional partners such as the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), has inspired a growing stream of research and media attention, one erstwhile power remains conspicuously absent in the analysis: Russia.
Published in News & Announcements
Sunday, 27 October 2013 20:57

Russia’s Africa Policy

By Alexandra Arkhangelskaya and Vladimir Shubin
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 157, September 2013
Published in Occasional Papers
Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:00

Russia–South Africa Relations: Beyond Revival

By Alexandra Arkhangelskaya and Vladimir Shubin
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 75, October 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Thursday, 17 October 2013 08:51

Russia and Angola: The Rebirth of a Strategic Partnership?

By Ana Christina Alves, Alexandra Arkhangelskaya and Vladimir Shubin
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 154, October 2013
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 14 October 2013 07:34
South Africans may not appreciate that a diplomatic Bilateral Forum between South Africa and the United Kingdom is something unusual for the British. Pretoria has many similar arrangements and it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but for the United Kingdom it is rare and in Africa, it occurs only with South Africa.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 19 September 2013 08:47
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 71, August 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:00
SAIIA Policy Briefing 70, August 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 19 August 2013 23:42
SAIIA Policy Briefing 69, August 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:17

Baba Jukwa, Social Media and Zimbabwe’s future

By Yu-Shan Wu and Catherine Grant Makokera
If there is one thing that is different to the 2008 Zimbabwean elections, it is that the 2013 election has a new ‘candidate’. His name is Baba Jukwa. The anonymous social media icon and commentator, portrayed as a cartoon of an old man and coined ‘the Julian Assange of Zimbabwe’, has attracted the world’s attention.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 03:21
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDear Editors, 29 July 2013 SAIIA Media Alert: SAIIA expert analysis and commentary on the Zimbabwean election  Zimbabwean citizens go to the polls this week for what has been called one of the most important elections in Zimbabwe’s history since independence. President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) are expected to contest a tough election; the outcome of which has repercussions for South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Published in Media
Monday, 29 July 2013 10:10
From 1 – 3 June 2013, Yokohama plays host to the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), a high-level exchange between Japan and Africa which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 03 June 2013 10:49
On 27 and 28 May 2013, the South African Institute of International Affairs together with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses hosted a dialogue on “India and South Africa: Sharing Experiences on the Regional and Global Stage”.
Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:00

Japan & the TICAD Process

By Kazuyoshi Aoki
SAIIA Policy Briefing 66, May 2013
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 27 May 2013 18:00
On 21 May 2013 SAIIA and the University of the Witwatersrand co-hosted a visit by the Canadian Governor General, His Excellency, The Right Honourable, David Johnston for a keynote address and discussion. The event was held to discuss the importance of Canada-South Africa Relations on the occasion of His Excellency's State Visit to South Africa. Indeed, the bonds between South Africa and Canada run deep and bilateral cooperation dates as far back as the 1920's.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 05:14
On 10 May 2013, SAIIA co-hosted an event with the Embassy of Japan in South Africa, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the University of Pretoria. It was an opportunity to reflect on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), a high-level exchange between Japan and Africa which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:22
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 138, April 2013

Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 18:00
Last week rung in the changes in China’s top leadership positions as Xi Jinping replaced Hu Jintao as China’s new president. President Xi is also the general secretary of China’s Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission. In one of his first visits abroad as head of state, President Xi will be undertaking a state visit to South Africa on the margins of the upcoming BRICS Summit on 26-27 March 2013 in Durban. He will also be visiting Tanzania and the Republic of Congo during his African tour. China’s relationship with the African continent has grown significantly under…
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 18 March 2013 11:32
Wireless communication and social media platforms have provided citizens with previously unimaginable possibilities to engage politically. For example, during the 2012 United States presidential elections, the Barack Obama campaign launched a smartphone app so users could register, donate and link up with like-minded supporters. The use of online communication is also reaching beyond open democracies to places where fewer political avenues exist. China’s retiring premier Wen Jiabao has had live web chats with the public since 2009. When public sentiment rose against Iran’s leadership, its government, in response, began promoting patriotic ideals online. South Africans are also increasingly using new…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 11 March 2013 00:02
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