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In 1979 Iran underwent an Islamic Revolution, surprising ‘experts’ around the world and transforming its country from a United States-supported monarchy to an Islamic Republic. The ideology of the revolution was rooted in teachings spread by Ayatollah Khomeini. His firm belief in the need for jurists who were experts in Islamic law and could act as guardians of the people came to shape not only the revolution but the new constitution, system of government, and the electoral system.
SAIIA's Eastern Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by HE Arthur Lenk, Israel’s Ambassador to South Africa, on 'Israel and Africa: Neighbours with significant growth potential'. Event details Venue:  Premier Hotel Regent, Marine 1, Beach Front, East LondonDate:    12 July 2016Time:   17:30  
On 3 June 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch held a public seminar addressed by Mr Tedo Japaridze, Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament of Georgia and Former Foreign Minister of Georgia, on 'Georgia and Geopolitics.'
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.
It has been nearly six years since Vice President Dick Cheney left Washington when the Bush administration ended. This past week, Cheney offered a stinging rebuttal of President Barack Obama’s strategy against ISIS - in advance of the president’s speech. Just hours before Obama appeared on television, Cheney spoke at a leading conservative think tank in Washington to an audience that was like a convention of the right-wing faithful, hoping to strap on their weapons and do battle once again, one more time.
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Ambassador Dr. Hisham AL-ALAWI, Embassy of Iraq, Pretoria, on “Building a stable and prosperous democracy in Iraq: Progress and Challenges”.
Event description: The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Boy Geldenhuys "Inside Syria and Egypt After the Arab Spring" atThe Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Thursday 7 February 2013 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm Light refreshments will be served before the event Entrance for non-members is R30 or R15 on presentation of a current student identity card.  Parking is freely available on Hatfield Street.   Event Background Dr Barend Leendert (Boy) Geldenhuys (D.Litt. et Phil: B.Th) studied at the universities…
Volume 19, Issue 3 of SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs, is now out, featuring articles from leading academics on a range of topics relevant to African interests.
Mr Elman T Abdullayev, spokesman of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku, adressed a meeting at SAIIA on 1 November on The Role of Energy for Azerbaijan, A Reliable and Emerging Energy Partner for Europe.
In his public address at Jan Smuts House on 3 September, the Deputy Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, the Honorable Ebrahim Ebrahim asserted the primacy the South African government places on the negotiated settlement of disputes in the attainment of sustainable peace and security on the continent and elsewhere.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by Honourable Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South AfricaVenue: Jan Smuts House
South African Institute of International Affairs invites you to a roundtable discussion to be addressed by Professor Jan Wouter on "Libya and the Arab Spring – R2P, human rights and the role of regional organisations"Venue: Jan Smuts House
South African Institute of International Affairs invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by Ambassador Tom Wheeler on "Turkey Rising: A New Global Player"Venue: Jan Smuts House
Like Libya last year, the rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria is forcing tough foreign policy choices the world over. In Ankara, the Turkish government has made its opposition to the Bashar al-Assad government crystal clear. The country's border with Syria is nowadays a porous line across which refugees flee to get away from a country going up in flames. Dissidents and elements of the loosely defined Free Syrian Army also use this border as a space to run logistics. Factions that support either the Assad government or opposition forces in Syria clashed in Lebanon during recent weeks.
3 April 2012: SAIIA's Research Associate, Tom Wheeler, and the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa, Kuseni Dlamini, join a panel discussion to discuss how sanctions placed on Iranian oil exports will affect South Africa. Dlamini is also a member of SAIIA's National Council. Iran is one of South Africa's primary oil suppliers, making up 20% of South Africa's oil imports.
Address by Benjamin Pogrund and Bassam Eid on "In two minds: An Israeli and a Palestinian Perspective on Peace in the Middle East" The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Benjamin Pogrund and Bassam Eid (moderated by former Ambassador to Jordan, Mr Boy Geldenhuys) on "In two minds: An Israeli and a Palestinian Perspective on Peace in the Middle East"Venue: The Centre for the Book, SAIIA Western Cape
Monday, 24 October 2011

Half day Seminar on Iran

South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a half day seminar on Iran. Iran is a major player in the Middle East and indeed Africa. Yet very little expertise on that country and its policies exists in South Africa. In an attempt to help redress this situation SAIIA will present a seminar on the subject. Date: Monday, 24 October 2011 Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University RSVP: Ndumi Nqunqa on email:Nondumiso.Nqunqa@wits.ac.za
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Benjamin Pogrund. He will be speaking on "Is Israel the New Apartheid?" at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town, on Monday 29 August 2011 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm
Since taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in January 2011, South Africa has been at the vanguard of global geopolitical developments. The recent uprisings in North Africa, in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) enforcement of Resolution 1973 in Libya have received international attention. Despite initially having voted for Resolution 1973, South Africa is now highly critical of its implementation, championing instead the African Union’s position to find a political solution for Libya.
As published in The New Age 31 May 2011 At a recent public discussion of events unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East, Na’eem Jeenah of the Afro Middle East Centre in Johannesburg spoke of how these days, events that used to take decades unfold in just weeks.
Since the long series of public holidays began, I have been called on by the electronic media to comment many times on developments in Syria. For a long time it seemed to be the only remaining large state in the Middle East unaffected by the turmoil and violence of the so-called “Arab spring”. Why was that, I kept asking. And why has it all changed as suddenly as change came to other states in the region and North Africa?
Geopolitics concerns the projection of power and influence across regional or global political-economic and social spaces. For this reason, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) decision to dispatch Saudi Arabian armed forces, and police from the UAE to Bahrain, does not bode well for the budding flowers of democracy trying bloom in the region.
As published by The New Age, 22 February 2011 For the past weeks the unfolding drama in the Middle East has dominated news reports and media commentary to exclusion of almost every other issue. And there is still no end in sight. As events reach a certain interim stage of resolution in one country, attention moves to another. Even as pundits attribute the problems in one country to a particular cause, the popular uprisings in another country seem to have a different cause.
While the world’s attention is focused on scenes of barricades in central Cairo, the political and media spotlight has finally come to illuminate the social crisis underlying the Arab worlds’ dictatorial regimes. In 2008, Queen Rania of Jordan warned that unemployed youth in the Arab world constitute a ‘ticking time bomb’ which, if not diffused, could lead to social unrest. She was correct, if events in Tunisia and Egypt are anything to go by.
As published by The New Age, 8 February 2011 The world media have been so focused on the story evolving in Egypt over the past two weeks that most missed the announcement of the name of the new President of the African Union. What were the leaders of Africa thinking about when they elected President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea as incoming AU President?  We are told that a mechanical rotation of the presidency through the various regions of Africa is observed. It was Central Africa’s turn and the best the Central African region could come up with was…
As published in The New Age, 27 January 2011 Tunisia is not a country that until recently featured on the pages of South African newspapers, much less in screaming headlines. It is best known to the outside world as a Mediterranean beach resort for northern Europeans among the ruins of historic Carthage.
On the occasion of the opening of the Arab Cultural Week 2010, The South African Institute of International Affairs, the Council of Arab Ambassadors and the South African Department of Arts & Culture have pleasure in inviting you to a Roundtable Discussion on 'Fateh and Hamas: The Challenge for the Palestinian Statehood' presented by Dr Nabeel Shaath, the Commissioner of International Relations of Fateh Movement, Former Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Date:   Thursday, 28th October 2010 Time:    09h30 Venue:  SAIIA, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand RSVP:  Maryke Kroeger Phone:  012 342 6411 Fax:  …
Later this month South Africa’s Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, is due to lead a delegation of ministers, business people, media representatives and officials to Turkey. While relations between the two countries, together with trade, investment and tourism, have been growing slowly since diplomatic ties were established in the early nineties, this visible reaffirmation of the importance the Zuma administration and its top leaders attach to developing the potential and value that such relations hold for South Africa is to be applauded.
When Twitter – the world’s latest social networking phenomenon – made the cover of Time Magazine’s 15 June edition, journalist Steve Johnson mused ‘Just 140 characters? I wonder if I could use that to start a political uprising.’ On that Monday morning, news of unrest in Iran amidst allegations of a rigged election began to spread, especially on the web. Freedom of information has become one of the biggest casualties in the aftermath of the Iranian election, with journalists being harassed, bullied and expelled. Yet citizen journalism – through the internet – has succeeded against repression and let people air…
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