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SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 6, November 2009
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 8, November 2009
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 9, November 2009
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 52, November 2009
SAIIA in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy and the University of Pretoria yesterday hosted a seminar entitled ‘States in fragile environments: Common engagement for conflict resolution and development’. 
The second Africa South America summit, hosted by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela formed the third part of a triangle of events, starting with the General Debate at the opening of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, followed immediately by the third summit of the G20 Financial in Pittsburgh.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 42, September 2009
A conference celebrating SAIIA’s 75th anniversary, Thursday, 17 and Friday, 18 September 2009, Jan Smuts House, Johannesburg.
Friday, 18 September 2009

EU Commissioner visit

On 31 August the European Union Commissioner for External Policy and Neighbourhood Affairs briefed SAIIA staff, invited students and academics, and journalists on a number of issues pertaining to her portfolio.
Promoting peace and security in Africa is one of the goals of the EU-South Africa strategic partnership. Ongoing conflict in Darfur, Sudan and the crisis in Zimbabwe were high on the agenda of the 1st EU-South Africa summit held in July last year in Bordeaux, France, under the auspices of presidents Sarkozy and Mbeki. These issues were raised again this year at the 2nd EU-South Africa summit held in Cape Town on 11 September. At an academic forum held on the fringes of this summit, the question was asked whether the Zuma presidency has brought about a closer alignment of…
Wednesday, 02 September 2009

EU-South Africa Partnership Summit

In September the second EU-South Africa partnership summit will take place in South Africa, closely following the first summit held in Bordeaux in 2008. The event, taking place in Kleinmond on 11 September, will review progress made in this two-year old strategic alliance, towards signing a revised Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement. SAIIA’s EU-Africa programme has conducted research into various aspects of EU-Africa collaboration since 2006. Relevant documents are available for download below.
Ambassador Peter Tejler, Address at SAIIA Speaker’s Meeting 31 July 2009 Taking on the challenges – Sweden’s Presidency of the European Union Dear colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here today at this Speaker’s Meeting and present Sweden’s visions of our Presidency of the European Union.  I would like to express my gratitude to SAIIA for hosting this event.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by H.E. Mr Elio Menzione, Ambassador of Italy to South Africa on ‘Italy's  Presidency of the G8 and The Summit In L'aquila’.Venue: The Premier Hotel
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by H.E. Mr Peter Tejler, Ambassador of Sweden to South Africa on Taking on the Challenges - Sweden's Presidency of the EUVenue: CSIR International Convention Centre
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 38, July 2009
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a China Study Group Meeting to be addressed by Lucy Corkin on China and Angola: Oil, money, roads and beyond?Venue: Jan Smuts House
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama is the methadone of the US’s international relations rapid rehab programme. Driven by fear, intoxicated with the gluttony of hard power and addicted to military security solutions for the past eight years, Obama is now beginning to wean the world’s hyperpower off its toxic dependency. Indeed, Obama’s Africa policy speech delivered in Ghana at the weekend illustrated as much about the US’s own foreign policy renaissance as it did about its desired relationship with the continent of 54 countries and almost a billion people.
In a short period of less than a month, Russia has sought to assert its role in international forums as a leading player in a multipolar world. This objective is informed by the nationalistic view of its contemporary history initiated by Vladimir Putin, and holds that a unipolar world should no longer be dominated by a single hyper-power, the United States.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 33, May 2009
The first speaker’s meeting of 2009 was held at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 5 March. As the Czech Republic assumed the presidency of the European Union in January, Czech Ambassador to South Africa, HE Mr Martin Pohl, led a discussion on his country’s priorities for the EU during its six-month presidency. The Czech Republic joined the regional community in 2004 along with nine other nations and took over its presidency from France in January.
Together with the French Embassy and the French Institute of South Africa, SAIIA hosted, in March 2009, a seminar on the topic 'A New French Foreign and Security Policy: What does this mean for Africa?'Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre
The Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Richard Wood Consul General of the British Consulate General, Cape Town on The Future of Multilateralism in a Global Economic Crisis. The Global Economic Crisis is a challenge to effective multilateralism.  It is also a threat to it, as we seek to avoid the kneejerk response of a retreat into national or regional protectionism.  There are also links to be made to other global challenges requiring multilateral solutions, such as poverty alleviation, building global democracy and climate change.Venue: The Centre for the Book
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 23, February 2009
As soon as Barack Obama took over the Oval office as the 44th President of the United States and Hillary Clinton entered her Eighth Floor office at the State Department, it was clear that immediate action on the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli feud was one of the incoming administration's most urgent challenges.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No.22, February 2009
During 2007-08 the Konrad Adenauer Foundation commissioned five studies in the G5 countries that would examine these countries' perspectives on global governance. This workshop focused on one aspect of these studies: their views of their responsibility vis-à-vis their regions and globally. On 6 November 2008 the EU-Africa Programme held an all-day conference that looked at emerging powers and international responsibility. It also looked at the different perspectives of the concept of ‘international responsibility', how emerging powers have been exerting their international responsibility within their geographical regions and globally, the reactions of countries in the North and South, and the implications…
Even as South Africa faces its own transition of national leadership in the coming months, its leaders will be tasked with dealing with a new administration in Washington, DC, following the United States' national elections due to take place on Tuesday, 4 November 2008.
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 1, October 2008
The rise of China as one of Africa's leading external partners is changing the character of the continent's traditional international relationships.  However, it is not only Africa that is being challenged by this engagement, but China's foreign policy is also undergoing a change as a result of this developing relationship.
Fifty African heads of state and government, or their representatives, participated in the first Turkish-African Summit held in Istanbul from 18-20 August 2008[1]. Hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gül and attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Jean Ping, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, South Africa was represented by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ncuka. In her address to the summit, the South African deputy president spoke in very positive terms of Turkey and the role it can play in Africa's development.[2]
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