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South Africans may not appreciate that a diplomatic Bilateral Forum between South Africa and the United Kingdom is something unusual for the British. Pretoria has many similar arrangements and it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but for the United Kingdom it is rare and in Africa, it occurs only with South Africa.
The South African Institute of International Affairs is proud to announce that Ambassador Martin Kimani has joined the institute as a Distinguished African Visiting Fellow and will be with SAIIA until 12 September 2013.The Distinguished African Visiting Fellowship is funded by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and is a legacy project of SAIIA’s 75th anniversary.
Today, on 21 August 2013, a year has passed since the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the man considered to be the leading architect of post-Derg Ethiopia. Following his death, the future of a resurgent Ethiopia hung by a thread. Uncertainty mounted in the vast country of over 80 million inhabitants, with over 60 diverse ethnicities and two major religions that have cohabitated uncomfortably for decades.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDear Editors, 29 July 2013 SAIIA Media Alert: SAIIA expert analysis and commentary on the Zimbabwean election  Zimbabwean citizens go to the polls this week for what has been called one of the most important elections in Zimbabwe’s history since independence. President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) are expected to contest a tough election; the outcome of which has repercussions for South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa and the European Union meet in Pretoria today  for the 6th annual SA-EU summit. While this meeting is another step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two, SA’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, said on Tuesday, that of particular importance this year are the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).
Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, and the conclusion of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) in 1999, the relationship between South Africa and the European Union has grown incrementally to reach the level of a strategic partnership in 2007.
On 13 July 2013 the fragility of regional security in Southern Africa came to the fore when the Southern African Development Community’s Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation met in Tanzania to discuss the worrying developments in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
United States President Barack Obama’s speech was well-calibrated for an audience of university students, and harkened back not only to the words of Nelson Mandela at the time of his release from prison but also to those of Robert F Kennedy and a speech delivered on the same spot in a completely different South Africa, one in the throes of Apartheid, in 1966.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 68, June 2013
United States President Barack Obama travels to three key African states for official working visits from 26 June to 3 July 2013. He is expected to arrive in South Africa on 27 June 2013 with meetings planned in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
US-Africa relations have changed considerably over the past 20 years. A perceived limited American policy focused on providing ‘poor’ Africans with aid and selfishly dealing with its own security issues, such as access to oil and fighting terrorism, has now evolved into a partnership that is substantially more than just that. Today it is a relationship that is crucial for both entities. President Barack Obama’s upcoming Africa visit (26 June to 3 July 2013) is yet another testament of how far America is willing to go to prove it.
United States President Barack Obama visits Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa between 26 of June and 3 of July 2013. Dr. Scott Firsing, former SAIIA Bradlow Fellow in 2012, is interviewed on US engagement with the African continent, which has been the subject of his research.
From 1 – 3 June 2013, Yokohama plays host to the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), a high-level exchange between Japan and Africa which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
On 27 and 28 May 2013, the South African Institute of International Affairs together with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses hosted a dialogue on “India and South Africa: Sharing Experiences on the Regional and Global Stage”.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 66, May 2013
On 21 May 2013 SAIIA and the University of the Witwatersrand co-hosted a visit by the Canadian Governor General, His Excellency, The Right Honourable, David Johnston for a keynote address and discussion. The event was held to discuss the importance of Canada-South Africa Relations on the occasion of His Excellency's State Visit to South Africa. Indeed, the bonds between South Africa and Canada run deep and bilateral cooperation dates as far back as the 1920's.
From today, 6 May until Wednesday, 8 May 2013, South Africa will welcome Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan for a state visit to the country. President Jonathan will formally meet his South African counterpart, President Jacob Zuma, at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Tuesday, 7 May 2013.
Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, Pretoria’s relationship with Nigeria has been a mix of rivalry, tension and cooperation. The pattern of interaction has oscillated from President Mandela’s principled stance against General Sani Abacha’s dictatorship in the late 1990s, to close and effective engagement between Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo during the last decade. Under Presidents Jacob Zuma and Goodluck Jonathan, relations reached a low-point with the two continental powers unable to reach agreement on the chairmanship of the African Union Commission in 2012.
The victory of Abdoulaye Wade during the presidential elections of 2000 marked an important turning point in the foreign policy of Senegal.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 142, April 2013
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 141, April 2013
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 140, April 2013
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 139, April 2013
Statement of the National Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, Mr Fred T. Phaswana, on the occasion of the meeting of the National Council on 27 March 2013
Last week rung in the changes in China’s top leadership positions as Xi Jinping replaced Hu Jintao as China’s new president. President Xi is also the general secretary of China’s Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission. In one of his first visits abroad as head of state, President Xi will be undertaking a state visit to South Africa on the margins of the upcoming BRICS Summit on 26-27 March 2013 in Durban. He will also be visiting Tanzania and the Republic of Congo during his African tour. China’s relationship with the African continent has grown significantly under…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 137, February 2013
Event description: The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Mr Geert Laporte "How to revitalise Africa-EU relations in the run-up to the 2014 EU-Africa Summit?" atThe Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm Light refreshments will be served before the event Please RSVP to or call Pippa on 083 305 2339 Entrance for non-members is R30 or R15 on presentation of acurrent student identity card. Parking is freely available on Hatfield Street.  …
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 133, January 2013
Volume 19, Issue 3 of SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs, is now out, featuring articles from leading academics on a range of topics relevant to African interests.