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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

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”.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:08
The announcement of a joint agreement between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Hebei Iron and Steel Group to open a steel mill in Phalaborwa could signal a new stage in the longstanding relationship between South Africa and China. Financed in part by the China Africa Development Fund, the deal reportedly involves the Chinese company taking a 51% share in the joint venture and building a processing plant that will go beyond the mere extraction of resources for export and generate local employment.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:48
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 202, October 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:37
Since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties in 1998, relations between South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have grown steadily. Sharing a similar global vision, the two emerging countries are working towards closer strategic co-operation that takes account of the structure of bilateral economic ties, domestic diversity and overlapping interests.
Published in Multimedia
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:35
Sub-Saharan Africa is decidedly heterogeneous when it comes to the interests and normative underpinnings that frame each country's interpretation of the notion of security, not to mention the capacity and willingness of individual African states to address the myriad forms of insecurity and vulnerability.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:15
South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have forged a unique partnership. Operating at bilateral, continental and multilateral levels, the governments are actively striving to realise the comprehensive strategic partnership envisaged in 2010.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 06 October 2014 14:54
In response to its beheading of two US journalists and the havoc the Islamic State group (IS) has created in the Syrian and Iraqi region, US president Barack Obama recently laid out his vision for confronting IS to his country’s citizenry. He presented a four step strategy which essentially consists of building an international coalition, without involving US 'boots on the ground', that would support the Iraqi military and 'moderate' Syrian rebels in confronting IS and wresting territory back from its control.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:02
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 199, August 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:35
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 197, July 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Friday, 15 August 2014 12:47
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government will meet for the 34th Ordinary Summit at the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from on Sunday 17 August to Monday 18 August.  
Published in Media
Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:16
Now that the sixth BRICS Summit and the FIFA World Cup are over, the focus moves from Brazil and the emerging powers to the United States of America. The first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit on 4-6 August 2014 finally offers an opportunity for other continents to step aside and let Africa take the right of way in Washington’s circles.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:10
Hardly a multilateral meeting goes by without its attendees committing themselves to the promotion of peace and security across the globe. The Sixth BRICS Summit, hosted from 14-16 July in Brazil, was no exception. BRICS member states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have, time and again, declared their commitment to 'building a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity', yet the various Summit declarations are sketchy at best on how these five countries intend to go about achieving this objective.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:44
In an era of global politics and interdependence, foreign affairs is closer to home than ever before. In fact in many ways it begins at home. As the world’s fastest growing free-market and the most populous democracy with the third largest armed force, India simply matters in global affairs.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:57
China’s rising position in African affairs, from that of quiescence to becoming a key economic actor on the continent, is now a well-recognized fact. A new book co-edited by SAIIA's Chris Alden and the IESE's Sérgio Chichava takes an in-depth look at China's relationship with Mozambique.
Published in Books
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:11
In advance of the sixth annual BRICS Heads of State Summit, to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil from 14-16 July 2014, SAIIA has compiled an engaging range of new materials about the grouping's past, present and future.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:24
Since China hosted the 2008 Beijing Olympics there has been a marked increase in the active bidding and subsequent hosting of global mega-events by countries considered ‘rising’ in international affairs. In 2010 the Commonwealth Games was hosted in India, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the World Expo in China. Fast forward to 2014 and Russia held the Sochi Winter Olympics, while Brazil is set to host the upcomming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:03
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 182, April 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:10
A fast-growing population and swift urbanisation rate is putting unprecedented pressure on Africa’s largest cities, most of them rundown by years of underinvestment and neglect. Housing an ever-increasing number of urban dwellers in this context has become a key challenge for most African governments.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:47
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 88, April 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:22
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
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