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Free-to-view access through October 2017 is available for Vol 24.2 of the South African Journal of International Affairs, a special issue focused on ‘Reviewing the first decade of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership’, produced with guest editors Lesley Masters and Lara Hierro of the University of Johannesburg.
Most states prioritise relations with their nearest neighbours. After all, those on one’s doorstep represent the closest opportunities for trade, travel and political ties. These countries will often share geographical, cultural and ethnic connections, and have had similar historical journeys.
Thursday, 06 July 2017

G20 commitment to Africa

This year Germany has made Africa the focus of its G20 presidency through its Compact with Africa and the Marshall Plan for the continent, which together aim to create a more sustainable environment for private sector participation in African economies.
On 30 June South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, kicked off its week-long policy conference in Johannesburg. Party cadres will meet under the (now ironic) call “The year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Let us deepen unity!” in memory of one of the ANC’s most formidable and respected leaders.
South Africa has made strides over the last 20 years to promote economic growth and address unemployment, inequality and poverty. Facilitating greater trade, investment and industrialisation is a key part of this strategy.
Monday, 12 June 2017

SAIIA Highlights 2016

The SAIIA’s Highlights of 2016 has just been published, offering an in-depth look at our major research projects and activities last year. Here are five key insights from the report:
This statement is supported by renowned scholars from rising powers of the South as well as Germany. The common position demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the Paris Accord and expresses our determination to deepen joint knowledge creation on existential issues for human survival and sustainable development, for global justice and social integration.
In a world facing growing chasms between poor and rich, terrorism and global pandemics, as well as challenges around political stability and accountability, the time has never been more urgent to facilitate an inclusive global discourse on solving these challenges.
This week government representatives and a range of other stakeholders will be meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the Ocean Conference, coinciding with World Oceans Day on June 8.
Volume 24.1 of the South African Journal of International Affairs sports a new cover with the updated SAIIA logo.
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs Vol 23.4 is now available online.
In his oration at Nelson Mandela’s official burial ceremony in December 2013, Uncle Kathy as Ahmed Kathrada was affectionately known, said that his friend had joined “the A-team” of the ANC, which included Chief Albert Luthuli, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, Helen Joseph and Bram Fischer among others. Now the 87-year-old activist and struggle veteran has also left us to join them in a place that is more serene and less fraught than life on earth. 
Are Southern providers more effective in facilitating peace processes, political settlements and building institutions in fragile states than traditional Western donors are? Is South-South peace-building different in approach, form and outcome than interventions by Western powers in conflict-affected areas?
In February 2015, South Africa experienced an upsurge of xenophobic attacks throughout the country.  In response to this horrendous act, SAIIA Chief Executive, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, wrote this article and former senior researcher Tjiurimo Hengari wrote a related paper on the subject ‘Xenophobia Trivialises South Africa’s Ambitious Africa Policy’. Earlier this week the violent acts flared up again in Pretoria West. The institute again calls for an end to the violence and the stereotyping of certain groups as more crime-prone than others. South Africa must address the ‘demon’ of xenophobia and violence once and for all if it is to remain…
On 22 February 2016, SAIIA National Chairman Mr Fred T Phaswana delivered his annual address. What follows is the full text of the speech.
The annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 6-9 February in Cape Town, connecting investors with mining companies and governments. On the sidelines of this conference, SAIIA will host two important events.
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) has released a new book that questions which energy transformations are under way in the G20, a group of twenty nations that represent 85% of the global economy. SAIIA’s Agathe Maupin has contributed to this publication, focusing on South Africa’s energy challenges and the key lessons that could be derived from the G20 German presidency.
2016 was a tumultuous year, bearing witness to both surprising and worrying developments. Throughout it all, SAIIA endeavoured to provide our readers with a coherent, informed voice: explaining the context behind current events, linking local movements with global shifts, and laying out the scenarios that still exist. Here, we look back over the year that was, and share some of our most popular analyses of – and reactions to – the main news stories of the last year, and how they might be important in 2017.
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 23.3, is now available. This issue includes articles on the Paris climate talks, South Africa’s position on international nuclear fuel banks, Japan’s role in Africa, the importance of well-being for aid workers in the South Sudan, and petro-dollar development in Chad. University-based scholars may access the issue via a university library subscription, where held, or purchase an individual subscription on the Taylor & Francis website. African-based readers are welcome to take advantage of the low rate of $15 for an individual annual subscription; see this link for more information. Published…
The historic and shocking victory of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America was announced on 10 November 2016. Flummoxed by what is now being dubbed ‘the biggest political upset in modern history’, global markets shuddered, commentators reeled; and we all stood momentarily, mouths agape, letting the news set in.
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SAIIA Youth Policy Committee members Phiwayinkosi Mungwe, Janet Kachinga and Ditebogo Lebea have traveled to Morocco for this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP22. From Morocco and from Johannesburg, young people who have been following these issues for many years will be writing about the direction the negotiations are taking.
A set of China-Africa policy essays – by practitioners, scholars and researchers – on issues around governance, peace and security, conservation and industrialisation has just been translated into Mandarin.
The Public Forum is an annual three-day event organised by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to facilitate discussions and debates from global actors on issues facing trade and development. This year's event, held from 27 to 29 September 2016, focused on 'Inclusive Trade' as a way to harness trade for the economic empowerment of the most marginalised members of society, and finding innovative ways to make trading conditions easier for them.
The upcoming conference for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg is set to be a firecracker political drama, given conflicting African proposals over elephant conservation efforts.
SAIIA, DNA Economics and Tutwa Consulting are extremely pleased to be collaborating on a new project, Global Economic Governance Africa (GEG Africa), the first phase of which SAIIA managed from 2012-2015.  Following consultations with stakeholders, this new phase will provide more in-depth political and economic analysis of evolving GEG policy priorities in South Africa and across the continent.
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 23.2, is now available. This issue includes articles on a wide range of topical matters in international affairs, including IBSA and the political lineage of Bandung; South Africa’s economic statecraft in the region; terrorism, Agenda 2063 and the challenges for development in Africa, and the Egyptian experience of constitution-making.
SAIIA's new report shows that South Africa’s contributions as a proportion of GDP greatly exceeds all other donors, demonstrating the significant role middle-income countries can play in global development.
The 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) opened on Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s summit runs throughout this week and takes place under the theme, ‘A Year of Human Rights, with Special Focus on the Rights of Women’.  When the AU was established in 2002, it created numerous opportunities for an ambitious democracy and human rights agenda in the foreign and continental policies of African states.
Following our beautiful photo report from Botswana, we offer you another look behind the scenes at SAIIA's work in the field. Join researchers Romy Chevallier and Ross Harvey as they travel to Tanzania to investigate small scale mining and sustainable management of the country's forests and wildlife.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016

SAIIA Highlights 2015

We reflect on the past year and our main successes, lessons and undertakings. The 2015 SAIIA Highlights Brochure also provides information on our funding, research travel and staffing. Click here to read the The 2015 SAIIA Highlights. All our Annual Highlights brochures can be found here.  
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