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For Africa, the future isn’t what it used to be. We are witnessing and living in extraordinary and epoch-making times. In contrast to the third wave of democratisation that swept away totalitarian regimes throughout Eastern Europe in 1989, the tumult that grips the world now is playing out on our own continent.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 80, March 2011
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 31, March 2011
The global economic crisis marked the end of a thirty-year chapter of economic liberalism, and opened a new one of Big Government. Twenty-first century illiberalism spread around the world. But its effects have sparked a backlash. In the US, the Tea Party movement and the Republican victory in mid-term elections signalled the electorate’s repudiation of the most leftist president and Democratic Congress since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. In Europe, some governments are trying to return to prudent management of public finances.
The South African Institute of International Affairs’ (SAIIA) China in Africa Project studies various aspects of China’s engagement in Africa. The project not only examines China’s trade and foreign policy towards the continent but also looks at the implications of this strategic co-operation in the political, military, economic and diplomatic fields.
SAIIA Research Report No 8, February 2011    Download - English [.pdf] (776.64 kB) This study examines the impact of the financial crisis and of G-20 reform on trade in financial services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, focusing specifically on corporate, trade and project finance from the standpoint of the biggest banks in South Africa. The objective is to understand the effects, if any, on the SADC services negotiations, taking Botswana as a case study.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 74, January 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
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 72, December 2010
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 71, December 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 26, December 2010
Organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the International Development Law Unit in the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.
2nd Public Forum: 'Promoting Dialogue on Trade Reform in South Africa' - Trade policy in South Africa seems to be set for a major overhaul. The year 2009 saw the country being plunged into its first recession in 17 years. As the country seeks to recover from this recession and also find ways of bolstering its exports, trade policy has become one of the major focus areas.Venue: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel
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 68, September 2010
Background And Objectives Ideological posturing has made the debate around trade reform contentious in South Africa. The antagonism around the debate has prevented an open, evidence-based dialogue. However, trade policy reform forms part of the structural economic reform agenda in South Africa, as it has potential to offer significant positive impacts on economic performance and poverty. Critics regard South Africa’s trade reform of the early 1990s as a primary cause of the high rate of unemployment in the country; proponents argue that it brought about long overdue structural reforms which aided South Africa’s reintegration into the global economy. In South…
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:      mbiel55@hotmail.com
As published in the Mail & Guardian By seeking to become the fifth member of the Brics, the club of emerging powers formed by Brazil, Russia, India and China, South Africa has staked a bold claim to a central role on the global economic stage. But if the country is to justify a place at the forefront of the Newly Industrialising Economies (NIEs), its economic performance will need to match up to its ambitions.
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: Bernardete.Buque@iese.ac.mz
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to the Workshop on Global Financial Reform and its effect on SACU Trade in Financial ServicesVenue: Jan Smuts House
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by Honourable Jyrki Tapani Katainen, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland on “The Global Economic Situation and the EU's Economic Reforms”.Venue: Villa Sterne
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 66, August 2010
While the WTO and regional economic communities (RECs) are the primary forums through which the regional trade debate is mediated, underpinning these institutions is an established global political economy framework that is changing rapidly.  This dynamic, which we could loosely capture under the rubric of ‘multilateral economic governance’, is highly contested terrain but no less relevant for it.  Informal groupings such as the G7/8 leader’s forum and the G20 finance forum (now elevated to summit level) attest to the importance of small group processes in driving forward negotiations concerning multilateral economic governance matters. Such high-level forums are critical determinants of…
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.
South Africa is the pivotal, or ‘anchor’, state in Southern Africa with by far the largest and most diversified economy. Accordingly, its regional reach and impact is critical to how the region evolves. Therefore we wish to deepen our understanding of South Africa’s trade, industrial and macroeconomic policies from two standpoints: their potential implications for economic growth and development in South Africa; and the impact that these policy stances may have on the region.
The long-awaited Copenhagen summit on climate change gave to the world a broad political agreement, but without any teeth. Meanwhile concerns over the climate change agenda finding its way into the multilateral trading system are growing, at a time when the trading system is struggling to find its own feet. South Africa’s economy, and by extension Southern Africa’s economy, is based on resource production and to some extent beneficiation, in turn dependent on cheap energy. Its international visibility — not least in climate change negotiations — means that it may be in line for imposition of trade policy measures on…
A version of this article appeared on the Sunday Independent of 08 August 2010 The recent state visit by President Zuma to Russia is a major step towards deepening diplomatic and commercial relations between these two emerging economies. However, given Russia’s complex business environment this also raises many questions about the kind of benefits South Africa could realise from a partnership with Russia. The size of the delegation accompanying Zuma, with about 11 Ministers and over 100 business leaders, suggests that South Africa means business.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 65, July 2010