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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
VIP CORPORATE MEMBERS’ BREAKFAST, TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER on 'State Visits as a Tool of Economic Diplomacy: Bandwagon or Business Sense?' We cordially invite you to the next SAIIA VIP Corporate Members’ event for this year and hope that you or a senior representative will be able to attend. These events are part of the portfolio of services provided by the Institute to its VIP corporate members and offer you insights into current issues.
As published in The Sunday Independent, 10 October 2010 Nigerian taxis are known for their colourful writings that make personal and social statements. On my way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence last week, I was struck by one Lagosian vehicle that bore the popular Nigerian saying ‘no condition is permanent.’ It got me thinking about how the Nigerian condition has changed in 50 years. I also pondered how the emergence of South Africa as a key ally and rival since 1994 will affect the upcoming review of Nigeria’s foreign policy, the first since independence.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 67, September 2010
The South African Institute of International Affairs & College of Community Studies and Rural Development, University of Juba Cordially invites you to the conference: “China in Africa: Debating Sino-Sudan relations“ Date:        15 September 2010 Time:       09:00, for registration Venue:     Oasis Camp, Nile Plot : 19 & 20, Juba, South Sudan RSVP:      Prof. Melha Biel (CPDS) Email:
Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Economicos & South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to the conference: China in Africa, Sino-Mozambican relations at a crossroads. Date:        9 September 2010Time:       08:30, for registrationVenue:     Indy Village, Maputo RSVP:      Bernardete Buque (IESE)Email:
As published in the Sunday Independent, 29 August 2010 President Zuma’s visit to China this week completes the series of state visits to the BRICs that began in October 2009 in Brazil. With the largest business delegation to date, South Africa hopes that warm political and mushrooming economic relations will help address some of its pressing domestic socio-economic challenges.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Lyal White speaking on "Understanding Brazil´s New Drive for Africa" at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Wednesday 18 August 2010 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
This year 2010 marks 150 years of the arrival of Indians in South Africa. This historic bond continues to shape relations between the two countries. Recently, President Zuma led a high-powered delegation that included 200 businessmen to India, signaling the seriousness with which South Africa takes its foreign relations with this country.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by HE Mr Jan F Mutton, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium on ‘Belgium's Priorities during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union’.Venue: Villa Sterne
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by HE Mr Jan F Mutton, Ambassador of the Kingdom of BelgiumVenue: Venue: Villa Sterne, 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 65, July 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 18, July 2010
India has emerged in the 21st century as an important global economic and political actor and increasingly, a significant partner for Africa. Relations between the African continent and India go back many centuries. In the 20th century India's role as a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement, a supporter of national liberation movements and the struggle against apartheid further augmented those ties. However, it is the potential synergies between Africa and the subcontinent, created by the changing economic and geopolitical landscape that has deepened interaction over the last several years. Read More and Download the Conference Report Occasional Papers Research Reports…
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, and Fahamu, Cape Town, invite you to a book launch to be addressed by the author Deborah Brautigam, "The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa" at Institute for Security Studies, 2nd Floor, The Armoury Buchanan Square 160 Sir Lowry Road Woodstock, Cape Town at 5:00 for 5:30 pm (refreshments will be served prior to the book launch).
Later this month South Africa’s Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, is due to lead a delegation of ministers, business people, media representatives and officials to Turkey. While relations between the two countries, together with trade, investment and tourism, have been growing slowly since diplomatic ties were established in the early nineties, this visible reaffirmation of the importance the Zuma administration and its top leaders attach to developing the potential and value that such relations hold for South Africa is to be applauded.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speakers' Meeting to be addressed by Ambassador Stephane Gompertz, Director for Africa and the Indian Ocean, French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on “The 25th Africa-French Summit: Whither French Africa Policy?”Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2010Time: 14:15-16:00Venue: Villa Sterne, 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
The outcomes of this year’s general elections in Britain could set in motion a trend that may erode the progressive core of Britain’s foreign policy. They could also signal the death of social democratic ideals in Europe. After 13 years in power, Gordon Brown’s Labour Party has been dealt a crushing blow, and its ‘Third Way’ governing philosophy has reached the end of the road.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 60, May 2010
As published in the City Press Not much has been written about Angola since January’s infamous ­terrorist ­attack. That was the assault on the Togo ­national football team bus as it travelled through the country’s province of Cabinda on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of ­Nations tournament.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speakers' Meeting to be addressed by Professor Andrei Marga, Rector of the Babes-Bolyai University on "Europe and Africa in the 21st Century: A view from East Central Europe" Date: Monday 19 April 2010Time: 16h00 to conclude by 17h15 (followed by refreshments)Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of Witwatersrand
Monday, 15 March 2010

Spain's Africa Plan

South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting on ‘Spain's Africa Plan’ Date:          Monday, 15 March 2010Time:         12:15 for 12:45 to conclude by 14:30 (light refreshments will be served from 12:15)Venue:       CSIR Conference Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria
The South African Foreign Policy and African Drivers (SAFPAD) research programme will be holding a workshop on 3 March 2010 in Luanda, Angola, titled “Towards an understanding of Angola’s post-war foreign policy”. Deliberations at the workshop will provide ground for a detailed analysis of Angola’s current and future prospects, thus providing invaluable insights for researchers, government policymakers and the business community. Themes that will be covered include: Angola’s domestic challenges and internal drivers of its foreign policy; Angola’s regional role; Angola’s relations with major powers; and prospects for co-operation between Angola and South Africa. For further details please contact Ms…