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Emerging Powers, BRICS and Africa (369)

On 14 November the South African Institute of International Affairs co-hosted a public event with the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), which unpacked the China-South Africa relationship. The event brought together an array of academics, journalists and policymakers from across Africa and abroad. It sought to make sense of the comprehensive strategic relationship between China and South Africa that has culminated since diplomatic relations officially established in 1998.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, The Institute for Security Studies, The Hannsseidel Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invite you to a Panel Discussion and Book Launch on "THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT – FROM EVASIVE TO RELUCTANT ACTION? THE ROLE OF GLOBAL MIDDLE POWERS" Date: Wednesday 31October 2012 Time: 18h00 for 18h15 to conclude by 20h00, followed by light refreshments Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg Parking: Parking is available on both sides of Jan Smuts House and the surrounding area
The Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) held a seminar entitled ‘Values in Global Economic Governance: Do India, Brazil, and South Africa Share a Common Vision?’ on Tuesday, 30 October 2012.
South Africa will host the fifth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in March next year. What should the government's priorities be? This is a subject of earnest discussion in government, business and civil society circles.
A new book on China-Mozambique relations, A Mambo e o Dragao: Relacoes Mocambique-China em Perspectiva, has just been published SAIIA and the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), exploring the relationship between the Mozambican ‘mamba’ and the Chinese ‘dragon’.
Earlier this year, CCTV built its first international broadcast hub in Nairobi. China’s state-run news media are growing at a fast pace around the world — particularly in Africa — at a time when broadcasting and newspaper companies based in America and Europe are scaling back their international operations. The expansions are part of a campaign to improve China’s image around the world, and bolster its influence in areas where Beijing is economically and politically active.
Abdullah Verachia, a Director at Fronteir Advisory, South Africa, is interviewed by SAIIA on the role of India in the BRICS grouping.
Martyn Davies, CEO of Frontier Advisory, is interviewed by SAIIA on the future of the BRICS grouping.
Brendan Vickers, from the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa, is interviewed by SAIIA on the BRICS trade agenda.
Dr. Natalya Volchkova, Policy Director and Assistant Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School, Moscow, Russia, is interviewed by SAIIA on the Russian perspective of the BRICS grouping.
Prof. Wang Yong, Director of the Center for International Political Economy, Peking University and Professor at the Party School of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is interviewed by SAIIA on China and the BRICS grouping.
Dr. Oliver Stuenkel, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil, is interviewed by SAIIA on Brazil and the BRICS grouping.
Timothy Tebeila, Executive Chairman of Sekoko Resources, is interviewed by SAIIA on the corporate perspective of the BRICS grouping.
Professor Danny Bradlow, SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations at the University of Pretoria, is interviewed by SAIIA on the future of the BRICS grouping.
Dr. Mzukisi Qobo, senior lecturer on International Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, is interviewed by SAIIA on the South African perspective of the BRICS grouping.
Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who coordinates South Africa's position in the BRICS Forum, is interviewed by SAIIA on the South African perspective of the BRICS grouping.
The outcome of the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was significant because it sought to bridge the divide between North–South and South–South co-operation, notwithstanding the existing divergent views each side held on the issue. Busan responded to the changing development landscape, in which South–South cooperation was becoming increasingly important, by agreeing to establish a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation that would also see the phasing out of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness. A new book called 'Development Co-operation and Emerging Powers: New Partners or Old Patterns' explores the development policies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico…
There has been an explosion of attention given to China's interests and activities in Africa and on the wide spectrum of Chinese actors involved in countries across the continent, but the terms and implications of the China-Angola partnership remain unclear.
Following South Africa’s accession to the BRICS club in 2011, there has been sustained interest in what this actually means for South Africa’s participation in global economic governance, especially the G-20, and its African agenda.
The South African Institute of International Affairs and The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria held a Breakfast Panel Discussion with BRICS experts, to provide new insights on 'South Africa, the BRICS and the G20' on 6 August 2012 at the Centurion Lake Hotel.
The closing of FOCAC V, the triennial ministerial meeting between China and Africa, marked yet another milestone in the continent’s most dynamic relationship. While the headlines rightly focused on Beijing’s offer of US$20 billion in loans to support Africa and the key role that outgoing President Hu Jintao played in fostering the FOCAC agenda, there were other significant aspects of the event that deserve as much attention.
China's unique economic growth story has attracted significant international and African media attention. With news that China has surpassed the US as Africa's largest trading partner in 2010, the focus has shifted on how this development might affect Africa's independence, growth and competitiveness.
"I believe that China-Africa relations will see more opportunities than challenges in the coming decade."
South African Institute of International Affairs Invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa H.E. Mr TIAN Xuejun on FOCAC V and China-Africa RelationsVenue: Jan Smuts House
China's economic slow-down has been somewhat overshadowed recently by the Eurozone crisis and the threat of a 'Grexit'. The 'Chindown' remains a concern however with fear and apprehension continuing to grow over the exact implications of this decline for the rest of the world, fresh out of one global economic crisis, and with Europe seemingly teetering on the brink of a full blown meltdown. International financial institutions are reducing their growth estimates for China. This week there were further weaknesses highlighted by the slow-down in China's manufacturing sector. While the timely implementation of stimulus measures managed to tide China through…
SAIIA Policy Briefing 48, June 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper 117, June 2012
Since the early 2000s Turkey's foreign engagement has undergone profound changes. This has accompanied its growing economic strength at the very time when much of the developed world is in the midst of an economic crisis. Under the current foreign minister, Professor Ahmed Davuto?lu, Turkey has adopted a more assertive role in its region, but has also reached out beyond its immediate neighbourhood to Africa, Latin America and Asia, using all the soft power tools available to it. Turkey is a country to watch!
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