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State of Africa, 2017

According to African Economic Outlook (AEO), although front pages of print media and TV breaking news on Africa, continue to be about i) state capture and corruption; ii) endemic poverty and rising unemployment of despondent youth; iii) bad governan…

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 with…

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 i…

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 possibl…

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 a…

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 …

The Horn of Africa-Persian Gulf Nexus: Inter-Regional Dynamics and the Reshaping of Regional Order in Geopolitical Flux

The Horn of Africa is a complex site of geopolitical and geostrategic importance, inextricably linked to key aspects of its history and geography. The uptick in engagement by external actors, and their attendant interests, alliances and agendas, und…

Africa and the World: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics

Geographically situated in the ‘Global South’ as the geological extension of the Afro-Eurasian land mass, Africa is centrally situated at the very intersection of global strategic dynamics. This raises a number of questions. Chiefly: How does Africa…

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