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SAIIA and the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa held a panel discussion on 'Reflections on how to create a transparent and sustainable location for doing business in the commodities sector: the Swiss case.' This discussion was led by H.E. Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs.
The already-anxious, West-aligned states bordering Russia are receiving alarmingly mixed messages from their NATO allies. At its summit in Warsaw in July, NATO agreed to deploy a battalion of troops to each of the three Baltic states and Poland to protect them against possible Russian attack.
What many political and financial analysts viewed until a day before the British referendum on a European exit as scaremongering has come to be. The 72% voter turnout resulted in a 51.9% vote to leave the EU and a 48.1% vote in favour of remaining. While it essentially signals a split down the middle of UK voters, a closer look at the results reveals that the majority of voters in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the city of London supported the ‘remain’ vote, while the rest of England and Wales with a few small exceptions voted in favour of ‘leave’.
Who would have thought that the Brexit debate’s rising emotions would have reached their apogee in a horrific killing in the streets of a West Yorkshire town a week before the referendum that will determine the economic and global trajectory of Britain? The stakes are high, but it is equally clear that for all the expert opinions on the foolishness of an exit, many people may well vote with their hearts this Thursday, driven by a rhetoric that plays to bygone days of unmitigated national sovereignty and an imperial Britain that ‘ruled the waves’ and was at the centre of…
Looking back at the events of Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis in 2015, it is tempting to quote Dickens: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’. Last summer, as large numbers of refugees, the majority fleeing Syria’s civil war, began to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to the Greek islands nestling near its shores, the European Union (EU) woke up to a refugee crisis on its own soil. The EU’s response, collectively and – more frequently – individually, was panicked, improvised and uncoordinated, driven by a mix of compassion and hostility.
SAIIA and the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa hosted a Panel Discussion on ‘The EU and South Africa in Dialogue: Working towards a more inclusive world'.
On 23 February 2016, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch held a public seminar addressed by German Ambassador Walter J Lindner, on 'Refugees and Migration'.
Three years of international research in Europe and the BICS countries (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) has resulted in a new book, 'Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers'. The chapter 'South Africa-EU energy governance: tales of path dependency, regional power, and decarbonisation' was authored by SAIIA Senior Researcher, Dr Agathe Maupin.
If tabloid headlines are anything to go by, the United Kingdom is fighting off the greatest invasion force threatening the island since the Blitz. The invaders this time are migrants and asylum seekers sneaking a ride on lorries, trains and ferries to get across – or underneath – the English Channel.
On Sunday 5 July 2015, more than 61 per cent of the Greek electorate voted 'No' to conditions of a financial rescue package. Greek leaders are returning to Brussels this week to argue for a more generous package, while the EU tries to assess the implications for Greece's euro-zone membership.
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.'
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.
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) will be hosting a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, on 'Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation in Europe.'
On 31 March 2015, the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted a G-20 Study Group on 'Turkey and the G-20 Presidency: Implications for Africa.'
SAIIA Policy Insights No 8, March 2015
On 9 March 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by British High Commissioner, Mrs Judith Macgregor, on 'The UK and South Africa: The bilateral relationship today.'
SAIIA, the University of Witwatersrand and the German Embassy in South Africa held a discussion on 20 November 2014 with Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs.
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar by Sheila Camerer, South African Ambassador to Bulgaria (2009 - 2013) on "Eastern Europe at a Crossroads? Reflections of a Former Ambassador to Bulgaria."
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar on "The Relationship between Media and Politics: Experiences and Insights from Germany and South Africa."
On 14 May 2014, the Policy Research and Analysis Unit of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to South Africa and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), hosted a discussion forum on "Poland and South Africa towards 2030."
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch, the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Consul General of Britain in South Africa, Mr Christopher Trott, invite you to a public lecture to be addressed by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, on 'The UN and the EU: why their roles are so important for South Africa and the world.'
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Sara Pienaar, on “Surviving in a Rough Neighbourhood – Ukraine, Russia and the Crimea Crisis."
On 9 April 2014, His Excellency Ambassador Roeland van de Geer, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Pretoria, addressed SAIIA members on 'Africa and the European Union: a partnership for the 21st century'. In an engaging discussion with the audience, the Ambassador covered issues such as the recent EU-Africa Summit, the history of South Africa-EU relations, the expansion of the EU, migration and immigration law, and the situation in Crimea.
An internal Ukrainian crisis dating back to November 2013 took on an external dimension last month. Just as Ukrainians were starting to rebuild their country after months of protests and a change of leadership, Russia’s intervention in Crimea has shifted the focus, and set off alarm bells throughout Europe.
Bulgaria is still the poorest European Union country, but its fortunes have improved exponentially since it joined the EU. This makes the recent events in the Crimean Peninsula unfortunate. By leaving Ukraine, Crimea has missed a window of opportunity to benefit from Ukraine’s closer association with the EU.
Representatives of 54 African and 28 European States, including over 30 heads of state, will meet in Brussels on 2 and 3 April for the fourth EU-Africa Summit. The meeting has a broad-ranging agenda under the title “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”.
The people of the Crimean peninsula in the Ukraine voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation on 16 March 2014. The following day the Crimea declared its independence from the Ukraine as the Republic of Crimea and the Autonomous City of Sevastopol. And on 18 March 2014 the territories formally joined the Russian Federation through a treaty of accession.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 85, March 2014
On New Year’s Eve 2014 over 100,000 Ukrainians attempted to set the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously singing their national anthem. While such activities normally symbolise national unity, Ukraine remains as divided as ever. The former Soviet republic, independent since 1991 and with a population of 46 million, is faced with a choice of aligning itself closer to the European Union (EU) or Russia. The country’s unique geo-political location between the two actors makes it a highly desirable of area of influence for both.
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