On Friday, 15 June 2018, SAIIA’s senior managers met with members of the Diplomatic Training, Research and Development Branch at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) headquarters in Pretoria.
The African continent is unique for many reasons: our diverse landscapes, melting pot of cultures, rich biodiversity, fertile soils and vast mineral wealth.
Is it possible to simultaneously promote vibrant, employment-generating maritime industries and preserve vulnerable marine ecosystems, or must a choice be made between blue growth and ocean health? This question lay at the heart of the workshop we hosted in April: Sea Change: Socio-Economic & Sustainability Goals in National Ocean Policies.To mark World Oceans Day today, we have launched the workshop report.
With the BRICS summit taking place in South Africa in mid-2018, we have put together an issue of BRICS-related articles that have appeared in the South African Journal of International Affairs over the past few years. It will be free to view until the end of July.
Ross Harvey, senior researcher in our Governance of Africa's Resource Programmme, unpacks our latest research on boosting the sustainability of mining in South Africa to create positive spinoffs for mining communities, mining companies and the environment:
Fifty-five years ago today, the Organisation of Africa Unity was born. Founded by 32 states, its quest was to bring about freedom and unity on the continent. The body was renamed the African Union in 2004 but its goal remains the same in 2018: a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa for all.
The Report Card on International Cooperation gives a dismal C- to international efforts to mitigate the world’s most pressing problems in 2017, the same grade given for 2016.
The T20 Africa Standing Group (T20 Africa) held its first Annual Meeting “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development between G20 and Africa” from 14 to 15 of April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Against a backdrop of rising nationalist protectionism in some parts of the world, we recently hosted a workshop to unpack regional integration and trade facilitation issues in Africa through a gender sensitive lens. The event was also an opportunity to share practical solutions to boosting inclusive trade and development.
South African Journal of International Affairs Special Issue African Peace Interventions Seen 'From Below': Politics and Disconnects Vol 25.1 is a special issue produced with guest editor Antonia Witt of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany, is now online.
Workshop on 'The European Union’s Normative Role in African Extractives Governance' issued by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) for a special issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs (Taylor & Francis)
On 1 February 2018, our National Chair Fred Phaswana delivered his annual address. Here is the full text of his speech:
Previously called the Africa-EU Summit, the AU-EU Summit convenes in Abidjan on 28 and 29 November this year. This triennial gathering brings heads of state together to discuss pressing issues facing Africa and Europe, including youth employment, gender, migration, economic cooperation, and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) which governs the relationship between the two institutions.
New books with contributions by our Senior Research Associate Prof Chris Alden shed light on growing security links between China and Africa; and Brazil-Mozambican ties in the area of development assistance:
The electoral commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week announced that elections will be postponed until 2019. Elections originally scheduled for December 2016 were pushed back by a year in an agreement struck on 31 December 2016, to accommodate government concerns around an updated voters’ roll with the growing urgency of holding elections.
Free-to-view access through October 2017 is available for Vol 24.2 of the South African Journal of International Affairs, a special issue focused on ‘Reviewing the first decade of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership’, produced with guest editors Lesley Masters and Lara Hierro of the University of Johannesburg.
Most states prioritise relations with their nearest neighbours. After all, those on one’s doorstep represent the closest opportunities for trade, travel and political ties. These countries will often share geographical, cultural and ethnic connections, and have had similar historical journeys.
South Africa has made strides over the last 20 years to promote economic growth and address unemployment, inequality and poverty. Facilitating greater trade, investment and industrialisation is a key part of this strategy.