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

Preventing Conflicts or Preventing Relapse: Understanding the Entry- Point of Emerging Peace Building Actors

It was argued in the paper that the dichotomy between conflict prevention and prevention of relapse seems to be the moot point of where emerging actors should intervene. The issues and trends discussed in the document demonstrate a greater leaning by emerging actors to lean towards conflict prevention while paying keen attention on relapse prevention where traditional peace building actors are...

Arab Maghreb Union SADR Equation : A Moroccan Opening?

South Africa could go a long way toward restoring its African diplomatic credentials as the continent’s default leader. Were South Africa willing and able to negotiate a compromise bridging the Moroccan-SADR/Algeria divide? In the process, should a UMA-SADR synthesis emerge, this could potentially result in a stabilizing game changer for regional and trans-Mediterranean security in the Maghreb....

The BRICS in an Age of Multipolarity: Sustaining Strategic Partnerships under Difficult Economic Conditions

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Published: 2017
This journal comprises several articles related to international relations. The first article is titled : The BRICS in an age of multipolarity: Sustaining strategic partnerships under difficult economic conditions by Philani Mthembu. While much has been achieved by these countries against the backdrop of much criticism and scepticism regarding their cooperation, questions still remain in a...

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...

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