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The BRICSAM Countries and Changing World Economic Power: Scenarios to 2050

Rapid economic growth in the large developing countries collectively known as BRICSAM (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico) has the potential to change the balance of economic power in the world. This paper analyzes this potentia...

The Road to Copenhagen: Climate Change, Energy and South Africa’s Foreign Policy

"Drawing on Robert Putnam’s metaphor of the two-level game, the analysis considers the challenges facing South Africa in balancing domestic priorities with growing international pressure to reduce carbon emissions. Through the analysis, this pape...

Building on Progress? Chinese Engagement in Ethiopia1

"A majority of the growing literature on Sino–African relations focus on China’s relations with resource-rich/economically robust countries or unsavoury regimes. Limited attention has been paid to the rest of Africa’s states, but it is in these ‘l...

Chinese Provinces as Foreign Policy Actors in Africa

"China's engagement in Africa is becoming increasingly multilayered, as provinces are stepping up efforts to expand their presence in Africa. This paper provides a general picture of how Chinese provinces feature in the overall Chinese foreign pol...

China in Mozambique: A Cautious Approach

"China's engagement with Africa has taken a different form in its relations with Mozambique, which are characterised by caution and compromise. China's engagement with Africa has taken a different form in its relations with Mozambique, which are c...

The DRC at 50: Confronting the Challenges of Peace and Territorial Consolidation

"On 30 June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule. At 50, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self understandi...

The Chinese Stance on the Darfur Conflict

"China’s role in Sudan is one of the most closely watched and, in many circles, controversial relationships on the continent. This paper provides a Sudanese perspective and argues that, far from profiting from its close ties with Khartoum, the Chi...

Madagascar avoidable disaster, test case for African diplomacy

"The battle for control of Madagascar underscored the devastating, long-lasting effect that political instability has on economic development. It not only reversed a promising economic turnaround, but, did grave damage to Madagascar's (previously...

Three years as British Ambassador in South Africa

This paper is the viewpoint of the British Ambassador to South Africa of the changes that took place during his period in office. Sir David Scott describes his involvement in Namibia, Rhodesia and developments in South Africa to change social and ...

Senghor speaks on Africa

"This is the edited text of an interview in French, given by former President Leopold Sedar Senghor on 13 February, 1982, to Christine von Gamier,correspondent for Agence France-Presse, the Journal de Geneve and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung." This re...

Namibia since Geneva

"The purpose of this paper is to reflect on diplomatic efforts by the Western powers to reach a negotiated settlement of the Namibian saga. Understandably one can only reflect on the major features of what has become a lengthy diplomatic soap o...

An analysis of Nigerian foreign policy: the evolution of political paranoia

"At independence in 1960, the Nigerian state represented a contrived federal balance between three ethnically and politically divided federal states. The political rivalry and tension between the three factions precluded the evolution of any speci...

Sanctions against South Africa: the changing context

This paper discusses the reasons for sanctions against countries and what the achievement of this supposedly would be. The sanctions by Britain against Rhodesia is discussed in length and continues with answering the question if dialogue and negot...

The United States and South Africa: Three South African perspectives

This paper describes the experience of 3 people visiting the United States on a Leader Exchange program (USSALEP). The papers contain information on the international relations of US towards South Africa and how the American Government and busines...

The Republic of Transkei two years of independence 1976 - 1978

This report accentuates the difficulties facing the Transkei after independence. Industrial and agricultural development is the main growth points. However the prediction for growth in the agricultural sector did not realize and to become self-s...

"Namibia and human rights" A report on the Dakar Conference and its implications for the South West Africa Issue

This paper explains the issue that was discussed at the Conference in Dakar on Namibia and human rights. However the main focus of the conference was the South African administering or occupation of South West Africa and the issues around the with...

South Africa's role in Africa

South Africa’s position in Africa cannot be properly assessed without an overall view of the composition of the Republic’s population. The relations between the various communities will have a crucial effect on relations with the rest of Africa. I...

General Smuts and South African diplomacy

This paper discusses "The three aspects of General Smuts policy, but to emphasise in each its particular relevance to South Africa. They have the advantage of constituting a rough chronological sequence, they are inevitably inter-related, and th...

An Overview of Brazilian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Brazil’s role in international relations has altered somewhat in recent years. Under President Luiz ‘Lula’ da Silva, presidential diplomacy has dominated an active foreign policy aimed at expanding the country’s presence in global economic negotia...

IBSA Six Years On: Co-operation in a New Global Order

Six years after its launch, officials can no longer claim that the India–Brazil–South Africa (IBSA) Forum is still in its infancy. It is time to evaluate results and missed opportunities to provide a balanced assessment. In the wake of an inter...

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