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BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperi...

International problems of nuclear proliferation and the South African position

The issue of the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, whether it can be abolished or controlled is part of a long historical debate about the role of arms races in causing wars. History shows that disarmament was not successfully imp...

The control of nuclear weapons

This report focuses on nuclear weapons and the disarmament efforts that took place after World War II. America and the Soviet Union and later Britain combined forces to create a Treaty to be signed by all countries. However numerous countries re...

The Soviet Union and the conventional threat to South Africa A strategic analysis

"The first part of the paper, as its title suggests, deals with possible motives for Soviet action in Southern Africa, providing the framework in which the Soviet threat to South Africa may be assessed. The second deals with what is probably the ...

The Kremlin, The world revolutionary process and African "National Liberation Movements"

The world revolutionary process has gathered momentum over the last few years and with that also the national liberation movements based on the Marxist-Leninist ideologies. The motive of the Communist party was to forge a unity of the revolutionar...

Wars of national liberation, the super-powers and the Afro-Asian Ocean region

"The heady days of East-West detente are gone. The Wall Street Journal and the AFL-CIO representing the American labour movement - are unanimous in their verdict that "detente is dead". There is thus a growing feeling that detente has never been a...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 1, 1987

This International Affairs Bulletin contains five articles by various authors. Seweryn Bialer’s article describes the Soviet paradox of external expansion and internal decline. The article analyses changing Soviet attitudes and policies to the ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 10, no. 1, 1986

This International Affairs Bulletin contains articles by various authors as well as book reviews. The first article by Gail Lapidus describes Soviet society the midst of a major transition whose outcome remains uncertain. It focuses on the soci...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 49

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: •USSR—Foreign Policy and Southern Africa -Extracts from M.S. Gorbachev’s 25 February 1986 landmark address to the 27th Congress of the CPSU. -Extracts from M.S. Gorbachev’s 2 November ...

Other Facets no 33

'Limited Marange Exports Agreed to in St. Petersburg’ reports on how a compromise agreement allowing limited exports of diamonds from the Marange region of Zimbabwe was reached by the Kimberley Process during an extraordinary meeting of its Workin...

Russia-South Africa Relations: Collaboration in BRICS and the G-20

"The paper investigates the features of Russia–South Africa relations in light of their membership in BRICS and the G-20. Collaboration with South Africa contributes to the creation of the multipolar world order and strengthens Russia’s position i...

BRICS FDI: A Preliminary view

"Trade among the BRICS countries has shown progressive growth over the past decade. Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in all of the countries have increased, intra-BRICS flows do not correlate with trade figures. Overall, there is les...

The Aftermath of the BRICS Fifth Summit: The Contradictions of International Political Economy

"This brief seeks to analyse whether the new global actor consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), as an emerging political and institutional force of the South, can contend economically with the hegemony of the West. C...

BRICS, Africa and Global Economic Governance: Achievements and the Future

This paper explores both the efforts of the BRICS in advancing reforms in international financial institutions (IFIs), considering specifically how coherent and united the grouping has been in these efforts and the extent to which each member of t...

BRICS should Adopt Inclusive Approach to Women

The BRICS bloc has contributed to global governance by establishing multiple platforms that enhance dialogue and cooperation. In 2018 a forum dedicated to the empowerment of women will be added. Where do the BRICS countries stand in terms of gende...

South-South and Triangular Cooperation - A Key to Development

"South-South Cooperation is a force to reckon currently in world economic development landscape. It’s paradoxical that Brazil, China and India used to be low income countries also depending on foreign aid, contrary they are now transformed and ext...

Drivers of Regional Integration: Value Chains Investment and New-Forms of Cooperation

"As for the regional integration concept, we rather stress three important points that must add to the new visions, whatever they might be. First, (geo)political motivations aside, the number and variety of driving forces for the integration has s...

New Development Bank: Moving the BRICS From an Acronym to an Institution

"The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) is set to issue its first loans in the second quarter of 2016. The bank, the latest addition to the global development finance landscape, was initiated due to a number of factors in emerging economies. One of ...

Dark side of BRICS Investment

In October 2013, Zimbabwe’s government released its economic blueprint for the next five years, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset). The policy focuses its funding on the BRICS. BRICS investments in Zimbab...

South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems and Prospects

The first summit of the four-member BRIC bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in June 2009. South Africa’s inclusion transformed the grouping from BRIC to BRICS in April 2011, with the five-member bloc holding...

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