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On 12 October, SAIIA, together with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), held a dialogue on 'Policymaking and the Role of Think Tanks and the Research Community.'
Today, 5 October 2015, South African authorities are expected to submit their reasons for failing to arrest Sudanese President Al-Bashir when he attended the African Union Summit in June 2015. The furore that erupted has fuelled concerns about the place of human rights in South Africa’s foreign policy and highlights the importance for us to consider the nuances of the country’s foreign policy.
For the outside visitor, whether first-timer or a more regular one, urban China repeatedly produces the same effect: surprise, then fascination, often followed by disbelief. From sizeable motorways packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, to cranes populating the skyline with innumerable iterations of high-rise buildings, its cities are a direct reflection of China’s rapid (and on-going) development path. Large metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou are not only engines of growth but also seen as showpieces of modernity where processes of destruction and construction are simultaneously underway.
Small island states such as Cape Verde face their own distinct challenges, particularly with regard to regional integration efforts in Africa. We spoke with Victor Borges, former Foreign Minister of Cape Verde and 2014 SAIIA Distinguished African Visiting Fellow, about some of these issues.
Who are South Africa’s true partners in the international arena – the BRICS countries, Europe, the USA? Who does South Africa trade with most? Who is most involved in development and humanitarian action in South Africa and Africa? Where do our best strategic interests lie? And what does the future hold?
Much excellent policy research undertaken by African think tanks does not reach a wider continental and global audience because of capacity constraints regarding electronic dissemination of the work. As a result, the African voice on key African issues such as economic development, peace and security, migration, governance, and food security is often not heard.
While the BRICS’ initial focus when it was established in 2009 was on improving global economic governance in response to the 2008 financial crisis, over the last seven years BRICS co-operation and dialogue has moved into politico-security areas.  
SAIIA and the University of the Witwatersrand cordially invite you to a public lecture to be addressed by Ciarán Devane, British Council CEO on 'Why soft power and cultural diplomacy matter.'
SAIIA Policy Briefing 138, June 2015
On Monday 22 June 2015, SAIIA and Chatham House hosted the launch of a report by Alex Vines, Director for Area Studies and International Law, on 'Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators, and Magnates'.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Special Focus on Nigeria

Following peaceful national elections in March, General Muhammadu Buhari will this week be inaugurated as Nigeria’s new president. On 29 May 2015 Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation will formally have a new leader.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, and one of the 12 fastest growing economies in the world is heading to a general election on 24 May 2015. There is very little to suggest that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which came to power after a bloody civil war in 1991 should have much to worry about.
As countries around the world struggle to combat major global challenges from terrorism to climate change, a Council of Councils Report Card on International Co-operation has found that multi-lateral action on most critical transnational threats is sorely lacking.
This year is seen as an important step towards implementing Africa’s future development plans. With the MDGs drawing to a close, the post-2015 development agenda for the continent is framed around Agenda 2063.
How are states employing cultural diplomacy in an increasingly interconnected world in shaping understanding between societies while promoting preferential co-operation between nations? Observers of China-South Africa relations will have noticed the increasing reference to the ‘China Year in South Africa’ by officials on both sides.
History is likely to regard Nigeria's just-concluded election as the defining one that finally put the country on an irreversible course of democratic maturation.
On 24 March 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by Dr Sara Pienaar and Professor Irina Filatova, on 'Putin’s Russia at home and abroad.'
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and officially its largest economy as of April 2014, is holding presidential and legislative elections on 28 March 2015, which bear in equal measure the hallmarks of continuity and potential ruptures.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 8, March 2015
On 9 March 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch hosted a public seminar addressed by British High Commissioner, Mrs Judith Macgregor, on 'The UK and South Africa: The bilateral relationship today.'
On Thursday, 26 February 2015 the European Union Delegation to the Republic of South Africa and the South African Institute of International Affairs jointly hosted a presentation and themed discussion on 'A time of Monsters: what happened in the 20th Century, and what comes next', with Sir Robert Cooper.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Eastern Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr. Greg Mills, Director of The Brenthurst Foundation, on 'Why do States recover – relevance to South Africa?'
Happy new year to all our partners and friends! The year that has gone was characterised by South Africa’s fifth democratic elections, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the growing power of Boko Haram and other radical Islamist groups in Africa. Across other parts of the world, old fissures seemed to re-emerge; whether in Europe’s growing right-wing wave, or in Ukraine and in the Middle East.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 205, November 2014
Q&A with Dr. Zhang Chun of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and Dr. Abiodun Alao of King’s College London.The scholarly and policy focus on China in Africa is beginning to move beyond the examination of the macro-trends to a more nuanced emphasis on sectoral and bilateral country studies.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will be making his second state visit to China between 4 and 5 December 2014. China-South Africa relations have steadily progressed at the bilateral level and beyond, since official relations were established in 1998 - and have been further upgraded to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since 2010.
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs (Volume 21.3) is now available online, featuring articles on BRICS co-operation across the South Atlantic, collaboration by BRICS corporates in Africa, the nuclear security discourse, the question of Islamic Nationalism in Al Shabaab, ANC foreign policymaking under Mbeki and the question of conflict-free diamonds under the Kimberly process.
The South African Institute of International Affairs proudly hosted a Speaker’s Meeting addressed by HE Mr Patrick Wamoto, High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa, on 'Kenya: Current Priorities and Challenges.'