Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) is an independent South African-based foreign policy think tank dedicated to the analysis of, and dialogue on the evolving international political and economic environment and the role of Africa and South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa’s role in international relations and diplomacy. www.igd.org.za

Library Articles

The Strategic Future of the ACP Group in the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote

In spite of the awareness about the campaign to leave the European Union (EU) by the United Kingdom (UK), the global markets showed their vulnerability in the wake of the referendum results on the Brexit of which 51.9% of British voters elected to leave the EU. The economic shocks that were experienced in the EU and the UK have also had repercussions across the world. This happened especially...

Assessing Policy Responses of African and International Actors on the Threats of Transnational Terrorism to Africa’s Security and Stability

The global war on terror and transnational terrorism have come to define the current political climate in the world. Transnational terrorism is everywhere from the United States of America to Australia, from Kenya to France, from Indonesia to Turkey and it seeks to redefine the international state system and the legitimacy of sovereign states to protect their citizens. Transnational terrorism in...

Central African Republic’s Coup D’état: Underlying Causes and the Resulting Future Prospects for the State

The Central African Republic appears to be heading on a path of peace and stability, shown by the adoption of a new constitution and the election of a new president. In order to ensure this path's sustainability, the policy brief proposes a number of measures that can be explored. Firstly, state civilians would need to change their submissive approach and take charge, instead of letting...

The Implications of the Cuba - EU Agreement on Enhanced Political Dialogue and Cooperation

Africa and South Africa need to consider repositioning their diplomatic missions to explore opportunities in economic, cultural, scientific, educational and technological cooperation. They need to analyze what the developments around Cuba mean in terms of challenges and opportunities for their diplomacy and cooperation. They should be ready to stand in solidarity with Cuba should these...

Reflecting on the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC): Where to from here?

For the first time a FOCAC summit was held on African soil between 3-5 December 2015 which coincided with the launching of China’s second Africa policy paper. The others had all been Ministerial gatherings following the first summit in Beijing. It came in a watershed year for global development efforts as the year witnessed the Financing for Development meeting in Addis Ababa, the adoption of...

R2P @10: What Lessons for South Africa and Africa?

Published: 2015
150 World states endorsed the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the 2005 World Summit. 2015 marks ten years since this occasion. Paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document noted that ‘each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,’ . In the view of this...

From Addis Ababa to Paris: Understanding the Complexities of a Negotiated Global Development Agenda

It is imperative for practitioners and non practitioners alike to familiarize themselves with the growing complexities of international diplomacy and negotiations. Especially with 2015 being widely considered a crucial year for international negotiations. Starting from the Financing for Development negotiations in Addis Ababa, the Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted in New York, the...

South(ern) Africa and the Indian Ocean – South Atlantic Nexus: Blue Economy and Prospects for Regional Cooperation

Through the development of the maritime economy for South and Southern Africa, the success of economic diversification will depend on a feasible architecture of cooperation beginning with existing regional arrangements to address the risks that are undermining the development of the blue economy. Maritime risks in the region are characterized by the security-development nexus. This means that...

Mauritius and its First Woman President

Published: 2015
The appointment of the first woman president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim marked a momentous occasion in the political history of the island. As president of Mauritius, what is her job description as set out in the Constitution if not to uphold the rule of law, protect the Constitution and, appoint the prime minister and cabinet? Her functions as the president do not extend beyond these...

Trilateral Development Cooperation: How Do Poor Countries Experience It?

The key dynamics that shape trilateral cooperation are outlined in this paper. Data was used from research fieldwork in Lesotho and Malawi as well as discussions with various actors. While the analysis on trilateral cooperation, largely dominated by knowledge institutions of the global north like the OECD, is expanding, not enough attention is paid to the experiences and perspectives of the...

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