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Boosting South Africa’s Economic Relations with the BRICS

South Africa should argue the case for stronger economic cooperation within the grouping, despite the challenges in intra-BRICS economic relations as was observed in the paper. Firstly, while it appears that financial cooperation, specifically wi...

A New Chapter Beckons: South Africa at the Crossroads

This paper analyzed the recent developments on the South African political landscape, which marked a rupture from one chapter within an epoch to a new one. To be more explicit, the recent manoeuvres by President Jacob Zuma facilitated the conclusi...

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. I...

German Civil Society Responds to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Lessons for South Africa?

Civil society organizations and South African officials may to a certain extent draw lessons from the experiences of Germany and Europe in the ongoing TTIP negotiations, given South Africa’s influential role in Africa. With an increasingly complex...

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

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...

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 negot...

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 ar...

Mauritius and its First Woman President

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 upho...

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...

The Prospects of South Africa’s Engagement with ASEAN Countries

Asia's importance in the South African foreign policy is commonly attributed to the level of bilateral relations and increasing trade relations South Africa has with the Asian emerging powers such as China India and Japan to name a few. However it...

COP 17 and Civil Society: The Centre did not Hold

The aim of the paper was to explore how civil society in South Africa organized to achieve an ‘impact’ on COP 17. There are two ways in which impact is defined, Firstly, what impact was achieved on the COP 17 negotiations? Secondly, how did the w...

South Africa and the Durban Climate Change Negotiations: The Role of Business

This paper has the emerging factor that many calls have been made by business associations towards what form a New Climate Deal must take. Business has accepted that it will not be business-as-usual in addressing climate change moving forward. H...

Resources and Development The Role of the State in Sub-Saharan Africa

The perverse and inverse relationship between wealth in natural resources and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa is being analyzed in this paper. It analyzes the linkages between these two factors and the attributes of the dominant econom...

South Africa: Between Regional Integration and Trade Multilateralism

Global trade is conducted through bilateral, regional, interregional and multilateral engagements. Multilateralism, the most widely inclusive process, defined by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a system to help trade flow as freely as possi...

South Africa in the Transitioning Multilateral Development Cooperation Landscape

Current global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialised economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the BRICS partnership and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-maki...

Africa-Brazil Relations in the Context of Global Changes

Several policy recommendations were made in this document with a view to elevating the strategic posture of the Africa-Brazil relations in the context of changes in the balance of power internationally and Africa’s pursuit of strategic partnership...

BRICS Partnership: A Case of South South Cooperation? Exploring the Roles of South Africa and Africa

Currently the global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialized economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the group, and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-making. ...

Towards a Sustainable Development Diplomacy: A Case Study of Freedom, Politics, Policy and Communication in South Africa

The main aim of this paper is to revisit what is meant by development and to ask what sort of diplomacy is required to pursue a development agenda. The development diplomacy is reconceptualised in this argument, drawing upon economist Amartya Sen...

Trilateral Development Cooperation can Enhance South Africa’s Development Partnership Capabilities in Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

In keeping with its foreign policy identity which promotes peace, security and development on the continent, South Africa has played an important peacemaking role in Africa. This softer approach to post conflict reconstruction has been informed by...

G20, Development and Global Governence: An Assessment

In comparison with the G7/G8, ultimately, the ability of the G20, to take decisions by consensus on policies to be implemented collectively indicates that the G20 is more than just a global talking shop, even if not yet equipped with the powers ov...

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