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Portuguese Diplomacy in Southern Africa 1974-1994

"Although much has been written on the foreign policies of the United Kingdom (UK), France and other great metropolitan powers towards Africa, very little has appeared in English on Portuguese foreign policy. It is often assumed that, after the 1...

The Rise of China's State-led Media Dynasty in Africa

"China is no exception to the global rise of developing media, who are challenging dominant traditional players. China’s state-owned media are increasing their influence in the world as an instrument of its grander soft power engagement. The pap...

Angola: Between War and Stalemate - Again?

“Angola’s armies are on the march once more. The long awaited Angolan Army (FAA) offensive against UNITA on the central Plains (‘Planalto’) commenced on 14 September, with the activation of three fronts from the cities of Huambo, Cuito and Malanje...

The 1979 Commonwealth Conference : the triumph of quiet diplomacy

“The Commonwealth has, in the past two decades, faced several major up-heavals which threatened its very existence. The omens for the Commonwealth Conference held in Lusaka in early August 1979 were probably as bad as in 1961 when South Africa’s c...

Stalled UN Security Council Reform: Time to Consider Resetting Policy?

"South Africa, Brazil, India, Germany and others have been pushing for reform of the United Nations(UN)Security Council that would realise their ambitions to secure permanent seats on the Security Council. But at the end of 2011, 20 years sinc...

French Relations with Sub Saharan Africa Under President Sarkozy

"The paper first examines the historical background of France’s relations with sub-Saharan Africa, and discusses President Sarkozy’s position on key issues before and after his electoral victory. These include commercial and aid relationships with...

Leadership and Skills: Building Blocks of African Development

"This paper focuses on exactly this issue of leadership, and its related corollary of education, drawing on the various case studies of the project. Good governance, the mantra of this decade, requires committed political leadership, if it is goi...

Biennial Report of the National Chairman 1992

This report consists of two parts, South Africa’s International Position and the Development of the Institute. In the first part South Africa's position in the global context is described and the changes that has taken place in the previous two ye...

SAIIA Newsletter No. 1, 1969

The newsletter starts with introductory notes and includes three articles: Diplomacy – Art or Science discusses the historical developments of diplomacy but also addresses the changes in modern diplomacy. In the article Australian Foreign Policy t...

Towards Developing a Common Continental Force for Greater Efficiency in a Multinational Environment

"The goal of the conference was to develop a framework for a common continental force for better efficiency in a multinational environment by reviewing the roles and responsibilities of civilians, the police and the miltary in peacekeeping in Afr...

The 1979 Commonwealth conference: The Triumph of Quiet Diplomacy

The Commonwealth has, in the past two decades, faced several major upheavals which threatened its very existence. The paper gives the groundwork of the major split at the Lusaka Conference. The British conservative Government wanted to lift sancti...

Nigeria and the Global powers: Continuity and change in the 21st Century

"The paper examines Nigeria’s foreign policy from 2000 to 2011. It focuses largely on the country’s relations with traditional global powers such as the US, Britain, France and Russia; and emerging global powers such as China, India and Brazil. ...

Nigeria and the BRICs: Diplomatic, Trade, Cultural and Military Relations

"The paper explores the relationship between the BRICs and Nigeria, undoubtedly one of Africa’s key countries and one that is also an aspiring member of the expanded BRICs. It considers the relationship in the areas of economic relations, diploma...

A Critical Look at the 2011 North African Revolutions and their Implications

"The overarching objective of this conference was to assist a variety of African policy and decision makers and other stakeholders to formulate informed policies for an effective management of the crises in North Africa at these interesting but e...

Linking South Africa’s Immigration Policy and Zimbabwe Diplomacy

"The political and economic crisis that has riddled Zimbabwe for over a decade has created two serious challenges for South Africa’s (SA) government. The first challenge is external: SA’s quiet diplomacy approach towards Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 2, 1988

The first paper: The western/Namibian initiatives sets out to explore the origins of the western diplomatic initiative on Namibia, to advance reasons for its failure, and to suggest some of the elements required for its revitalisation. This second...

The Crisis in South Sudan and Its Implications for Ethiopia

"Since 15 December 2013, soldiers loyal to the deposed Vice President, Dr.Riek Machar, have fought against President Salva Kiir’s loyalists in Juba in the vicinity of the Presidential palace. Emboldened by the rebels’ success in controlling Bor, t...

South Africa: Optimising the Currency of Soft Power in the International Arena

"A conscious and consistent adherence to the currency of soft power could enable South Africa to push through a national, an African and a more humane global agenda of immense magnitude in the overall international arena. However, effective commun...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 3, 1979

This bulletin has five articles. ‘Africa 1979: Myths, Miracles and Mirrors’ argues that domestic political developments in five separate African countries, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Ghana and Nigeria have moved the ...

The Politics of International Seclusion: A Study of Self-Isolated States

"Over the centuries, a diversity of nations have resorted to policies of international seclusion. From great imperial powers to obscure mountain kingdoms they have tried to seal themselves off from the outside world. They have resorted to various ...

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