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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 110, October 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 202, October 2014
Since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties in 1998, relations between South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have grown steadily. Sharing a similar global vision, the two emerging countries are working towards closer strategic co-operation that takes account of the structure of bilateral economic ties, domestic diversity and overlapping interests.
"The world needs South Africa’s positive engagement, on behalf of the victims of violations worldwide," said Amnesty International's Secretary General, Salil Shetty, at an event today co-hosted by SAIIA.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Eastern Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by SAIIA Chief Executive Elizabeth Sidiropoulos on 'Tug o'war: Global tensions in the 21st Century.'
South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have forged a unique partnership. Operating at bilateral, continental and multilateral levels, the governments are actively striving to realise the comprehensive strategic partnership envisaged in 2010.
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Helene Hoedl, Director of the Pretoria-based United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) described Model United Nations as the best outreach programme for young people 'in helping students to understand the principles, values and procedures of the United Nations and become a global citizen'. She was addressing over 500 high-school learners at the 2014 SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference on 13 September, the largest event of its kind in Southern Africa.
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs (Volume 21.2) is now available online, featuring articles on topics ranging from the post-presidential diplomacy of Thabo Mbeki, to the M23 insurgency in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to greening economic growth in the South.
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch invites you to a public seminar by Sheila Camerer, South African Ambassador to Bulgaria (2009 - 2013) on "Eastern Europe at a Crossroads? Reflections of a Former Ambassador to Bulgaria."
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 199, August 2014
The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit, 4 to 6 August 2014, is the first such event of its kind and the largest event any US President has held with African heads of state and government. At its core, it is about fostering stronger ties between the US and Africa, and is expected to advance the Obama Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa.
The upcoming US-Africa summit on 5-6 August 2014, the first of its kind, includes the promotion of democracy on its agenda. This dimension sets itself apart from the plethora of other high level summits involving the engagement of emerging powers with Africa. Why is this important and how can the US engage meaningfully in the promotion of democracy on the continent?
The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit takes place from 4 to 6 August, and is the first such event of its kind. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has been following developments in US-Africa relations in recent years, and has put together a set of resources to help observers and the media understand the dynamics at play.
Now that the sixth BRICS Summit and the FIFA World Cup are over, the focus moves from Brazil and the emerging powers to the United States of America. The first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit on 4-6 August 2014 finally offers an opportunity for other continents to step aside and let Africa take the right of way in Washington’s circles.
In an era of global politics and interdependence, foreign affairs is closer to home than ever before. In fact in many ways it begins at home. As the world’s fastest growing free-market and the most populous democracy with the third largest armed force, India simply matters in global affairs.
Over the European summer the world will witness several centennial commemorations of the first World War. One hundred years ago today, on 23 July 1914, Austria-Hungary presented an ultimatum to Serbia, and on 28 July, war was declared on Serbia.
China’s rising position in African affairs, from that of quiescence to becoming a key economic actor on the continent, is now a well-recognized fact. A new book co-edited by SAIIA's Chris Alden and the IESE's Sérgio Chichava takes an in-depth look at China's relationship with Mozambique.
On 14 May 2014, the Policy Research and Analysis Unit of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to South Africa and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), hosted a discussion forum on "Poland and South Africa towards 2030."
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch, the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Consul General of Britain in South Africa, Mr Christopher Trott, invite you to a public lecture to be addressed by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, on 'The UN and the EU: why their roles are so important for South Africa and the world.'
On Sunday 6 April 2014 on the way to the SAIIA offices in Braamfontein I passed many Nigerian churches, which are now permanent features of inner-city Johannesburg. Sermons were already underway and sounded celebratory. I wondered if they were celebrating the announcement of Nigeria being named the continent’s largest economy, usurping South Africa.
On 9 April 2014, His Excellency Ambassador Roeland van de Geer, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Pretoria, addressed SAIIA members on 'Africa and the European Union: a partnership for the 21st century'. In an engaging discussion with the audience, the Ambassador covered issues such as the recent EU-Africa Summit, the history of South Africa-EU relations, the expansion of the EU, migration and immigration law, and the situation in Crimea.
In little over a decade Brazil has orbited from the periphery to the core of the international system. In 2014, the year that Brazil is to host the World Cup and the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) summit, three new SAIIA publications provide insights into this rising power.
When Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, led a business delegation to Mozambique in mid-January 2014, he also extended a loan package to the government of USD$672 million to support Mozambique in critical areas of infrastructure development, healthcare and education, and science and technology.
How effective are the BRICS in inspiring confidence in their public diplomacy? This question lies at the heart of their soft power.
On New Year’s Eve 2014 over 100,000 Ukrainians attempted to set the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously singing their national anthem. While such activities normally symbolise national unity, Ukraine remains as divided as ever. The former Soviet republic, independent since 1991 and with a population of 46 million, is faced with a choice of aligning itself closer to the European Union (EU) or Russia. The country’s unique geo-political location between the two actors makes it a highly desirable of area of influence for both.