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Emerging Powers, BRICS and Africa (369)

The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by the Honourable Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, HE Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on ‘The relationship between South Africa and Emerging Global Powers’.Venue: Jan Smuts House
Much has been written about China’s growth and the relationship between Africa and China, perhaps to a degree that minimises the role of other significant emerging actors in Africa. In order to balance the scales, a well-founded analysis of the content and context of facets of India’s involvement in Africa was overdue.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 67, September 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 24, September 2010
The South African Institute of International Affairs & College of Community Studies and Rural Development, University of Juba Cordially invites you to the conference: “China in Africa: Debating Sino-Sudan relations“ Date:        15 September 2010 Time:       09:00, for registration Venue:     Oasis Camp, Nile Plot : 19 & 20, Juba, South Sudan RSVP:      Prof. Melha Biel (CPDS) Email:
As published in the Mail & Guardian By seeking to become the fifth member of the Brics, the club of emerging powers formed by Brazil, Russia, India and China, South Africa has staked a bold claim to a central role on the global economic stage. But if the country is to justify a place at the forefront of the Newly Industrialising Economies (NIEs), its economic performance will need to match up to its ambitions.
Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Economicos & South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to the conference: China in Africa, Sino-Mozambican relations at a crossroads. Date:        9 September 2010Time:       08:30, for registrationVenue:     Indy Village, Maputo RSVP:      Bernardete Buque (IESE)Email:
As published in the Sunday Independent, 29 August 2010 President Zuma’s visit to China this week completes the series of state visits to the BRICs that began in October 2009 in Brazil. With the largest business delegation to date, South Africa hopes that warm political and mushrooming economic relations will help address some of its pressing domestic socio-economic challenges.
The emergence of China as Africa’s top trading partner and a leading source of foreign investment in 2009, surpassing the United States and key European Union states still struggling in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, has sharpened the focus on Chinese aspiration and conduct in Africa1.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Lyal White speaking on "Understanding Brazil´s New Drive for Africa" at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Wednesday 18 August 2010 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
This year 2010 marks 150 years of the arrival of Indians in South Africa. This historic bond continues to shape relations between the two countries. Recently, President Zuma led a high-powered delegation that included 200 businessmen to India, signaling the seriousness with which South Africa takes its foreign relations with this country.
A version of this article appeared on the Sunday Independent of 08 August 2010 The recent state visit by President Zuma to Russia is a major step towards deepening diplomatic and commercial relations between these two emerging economies. However, given Russia’s complex business environment this also raises many questions about the kind of benefits South Africa could realise from a partnership with Russia. The size of the delegation accompanying Zuma, with about 11 Ministers and over 100 business leaders, suggests that South Africa means business.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 65, July 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 20, July 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 19, July 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010

Brazil and Africa

SAIIA’s Global Powers and Africa programme conducted a series of research activities related to Brazil’s engagement with Africa. The focus will be on 3 areas: Brazil’s foreign policy towards Africa; its engagement in various sectors; as well as its position on R2P. Focus: Brazilian foreign policy towards Africa Brazil’s engagement in Africa (e.g. infrastructure and/or agricultural cooperation in Africa) Brazil’s impact on norms and principles on sovereignty and R2P   Publications Policy Briefings Research Reports Diplomatic Pouch   Policy Briefings Brazil as an Emerging Power: The View from the United Statesby Shannon O’NeilSAIIA Policy Briefings, No 16, February 2010 Brazil as a…
India has emerged in the 21st century as an important global economic and political actor and increasingly, a significant partner for Africa. Relations between the African continent and India go back many centuries. In the 20th century India's role as a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement, a supporter of national liberation movements and the struggle against apartheid further augmented those ties. However, it is the potential synergies between Africa and the subcontinent, created by the changing economic and geopolitical landscape that has deepened interaction over the last several years. Read More and Download the Conference Report Occasional Papers Research Reports…
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, and Fahamu, Cape Town, invite you to a book launch to be addressed by the author Deborah Brautigam, "The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa" at Institute for Security Studies, 2nd Floor, The Armoury Buchanan Square 160 Sir Lowry Road Woodstock, Cape Town at 5:00 for 5:30 pm (refreshments will be served prior to the book launch).
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 60, May 2010
After many efforts of lobbying, South Africa was finally admitted to the exclusive BRIC Forum at its second Summit held in Brazil on the 16 April 2010. This grouping is made up countries considered economically significant - Brazil, Russia, India and China – and who view themselves as an emerging centre of gravity in the global economy.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Round Table Discussion to be addressed by Dr Haifeng Wang, Senior Fellow and Director, Institute for International Economic Research under the National Development and Reform Commission, China on "Climate Change and Challenges for Developing Economies: China's Perspective " Date:        Wednesday 21 April 2010Time:       10:15 for 10:30 to conclude by 12:30 and followed by a light lunchVenue:     Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of Witwatersrand
The IBSA conference held last week in Brazil provided a useful opportunity to asses the value of this evolving trilateral framework in fostering broad and deep cooperation among the three partners on a variety of fronts. An area that is often neglected but which remains a salient component of the wider agenda is defence.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

What's China's Aim?

China’s global emergence is overwhelmingly good for the world. But after the global economic crisis that has hobbled the West, it is pertinent to ask what leadership China intends to provide to consolidate and extend the liberal international economic order.
As published in the Business Day Africa has become the site of a new era of neo-mercantilism characterised by rivalries between established and new economic powers. Angola is an important part of this. Countries such as Angola are able now more than ever to derive benefits from multiple powers simultaneously — particularly if those powers have competing interests.
The economic rise of Asia has provoked an intermittent intellectual struggle that posits "Asian values" as opposed to Western ways. This debate masks the most under-discussed story of recent decades: Asia has risen through the creative embrace of key Western values, Western science and many aspects of governance – not through their rejection.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 57, March 2010
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 56, March 2010
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 55, February 2010