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On the eve of the first year anniversary of the Arab uprisings, it is useful to reflect on the state of EU-Africa relations, particularly in the aftermath of the prominent role played by key EU member states in Libya.
The South African Institute of International Affairs has released a host of new publications highlighting various emerging policy issues and areas of engagement between the African continent and China. The China-Africa Project, which began its activities in 2007, has produced a number of country-based analyses on several African countries, as well as sectoral analyses in telecommunications, finance, agriculture, resources, development assistance and special economic zones. The publications seek to contribute to a better understanding of China's overall strategy in Africa, assessing its impact on development and governance on the continent.
22 December 2011: SAIIA's National Director, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, looks back at the major foreign policy developments from a South African and African perspective. Has South Africa benefitted from joining the Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC, now called the BRICS) group of emerging powers? How did the country do in its second term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council? And what foreign policy lessons should President Jacob Zuma as his government take away in the light of this year's Libya crisis as a member of the African Union? 
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 101, November 2011
South African Institute of International Affairs together with the Embassy of France in South Africa cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by Alain Juppè Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France on"THE NEW GLOBAL GOVERNANCE". Date: Thursday 10 November 2011 Time: 16:00 for 16:15 until 17:45 (to be followed by a cocktail reception) Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 96, October 2011
Monday, 24 October 2011

Half day Seminar on Iran

South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a half day seminar on Iran. Iran is a major player in the Middle East and indeed Africa. Yet very little expertise on that country and its policies exists in South Africa. In an attempt to help redress this situation SAIIA will present a seminar on the subject. Date: Monday, 24 October 2011 Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University RSVP: Ndumi Nqunqa on
The 5th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 17 to 19 October 2011. The annual meeting brings together three influential emerging powers that face similar economic challenges and share similar positions on issues of global importance. Formalised through the adoption of the Brasilia Declaration, these three countries are also represented in other international forums such as the Group of 20 (G20), the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) group and the Brazil-South Africa-India-China (BASIC) coordinating group.
South African Institute of International Affairs and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cordially invites you to a high level dialogue meeting entitled: 'NEW ACTORS IN AFRICA: HOW IS THEIR ENTRY AFFECTING THE CONTINENT'S RELATIONS WITH THE EU.'
South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Richard Moncrieff on "France and Africa: What was it all about and is it changing?" at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Monday 19 September 2011 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 89, August 2011
The United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa (SA) share ideals in foreign and domestic policy that both countries have to live up to. This was the message from Dame Nicole Brewer, High Commissioner to South Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs on Monday 20, June 2011.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 84, May 2011
The South African Institute of International Affairs & National University of Rwanda cordially invites you to the conference “China in Africa: Debating Sino-Rwandan relations“.Vemue: Lemigo Hotel
Conference Bankground: On 9 and 10 June 2011 the South African Institute of International Affairs is hosting a two-day conference entitled: ‘India, South Africa and Africa in a challenging global landscape’. The conference aims to stimulate more debate on the multifaceted nature of the India-Africa relationship.  The conference is made possible by SIDA, DANIDA and is supported by the Indian High Commission in South Africa.
The South African Institute of International Affairs in conjunction with the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria cordially invites you to a discussion forum led by Senator Hugh Segal, Member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on 'Commonwealth renewal: will the organisation remain relevant?' Date: Monday 23 May 2011 Time: 10:00–12:00, followed by a buffet lunch Venue: Villa Sterne, 212 Johan Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria RSVP: Ndumi Nqunqa Tel: (011) 339 2021 Fax: (011) 339 2154 Email:
As published by The New Age, 5 April 2011 Many countries north of the Mediterranean are battling with significant problems. These will no doubt speed up the process of the movement of economic power from West to East, towards the emerging powers of Asia, and other nations poised to seize opportunities for trade and local development.
The South African Institute of International Affairs has released a host of new Occasional Papers highlighting various emerging policy issues and areas of engagement between the African continent and India.
President Jacob Zuma will land in Paris on 02 March just three days after French President Sarkozy has operated a major cabinet re-shuffle. Rated very low in the polls, but still facing a disorganised opposition, the re-shuffle has all the hallmarks of his opening gambit for the presidential elections next year.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 76, February 2011
This workshop will consider the political economy of regional integration initiatives in Southern Africa, including what is driving the various processes (SACU, SADC and the Africa Free Trade Zone).  It will seek to deepen understanding of the factors that influence regional integration processes, such as the activities of the private sector, governance structures and the alignment with domestic priorities. Venue: Aluvi House, 2 Clyde Street, Murrayfield, Pretoria
As published in The Thinker, Volume 24, February 2011 After many decades of squabbling, in-fighting and bitter civil war, indications are that the inhabitants of Africa’s largest state have decided that a peaceful split may be better than living “unhappily together ever after”. The long awaited referendum that pessimists thought would never happen was conducted without a hitch. United Nations and IGAD observers agree that Southerners voted in a free and fair atmosphere.
As published in The New Age, 20 January 2011 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s state visit to South Africa tomorrow shows that he is already looking ahead to next month’s national election, which he is expected to win comfortably. With Uganda’s first oil exports expected to start flowing next year, as well as a growing service sector and significant agricultural potential, opportunities for economic cooperation between South Africa and Uganda is likely to dominate discussions during the two day state visit.
As published in The Mail & Guardian, 7 January 2010 South Africa has edged closer to finally becoming a member of the ‘elite’ grouping of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China), following recent expression of support by China and Russia for Pretoria’s bid.   It is expected that South Africa will be accepted formally as a new BRICs member at these emerging powers’ next summit in April this year.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 72, December 2010
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Institute for African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, co-organised a conference on FOCAC and Sino-African relations on 18-19 November 2010. The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for leading African and Chinese scholars to present research findings involved in critical areas of Africa-China relations and discuss in a closed setting key issues, perspectives and problems experienced in the course of such research.Location: Johannesburg