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Russia-South Africa Relations: Beyond Revival

"The policy brief analyses the main features of Russia–South Africa relations following a revival of bilateral interests in the context of the, so-called, new scramble for Africa and recent 5th BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, on 26–27 March 20…

Mediating a Convoluted Conflict: South Africa’s Approach to the Inter-Party Negotiations in Zimbabwe

"This paper analyses South Africa’s facilitation approach to the inter-party negotiation process in Zimbabwe – from Mbeki’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ to current President Jacob Zuma's assertive stance – amid competing domestic and international interests. T…

Universalising International Criminal Law The ICC, Africa and the Problem of Political Perceptions

"The aim of this paper is to discuss the universal reach and aspirations of the world’s first permanent International Criminal Court (ICC), why the ICC’s reach thus far has been focused exclusively on the African continent, and how this geographic …

Marriage Between Realism and Liberalism in Uganda

"The field of international relations has various interesting theories that define the interaction of countries in the world arena. Among other theories realism and liberalism are the two major theories. According to these theories, there are differ…

Russia and Angola: The Rebirth of a Strategic Partnership?

"Africa and Russia in general, and Angola and Russia in particular, have a long-standing friendship dating back to the days when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was assisting African national liberation movements in gaining independ…

Russia's Africa Policy

"Russia’s interest in Africa lies not only in terms of the continent’s natural resources. Indeed, Russia’s own reserves are significant. Developing Russia’s own enormous energy resources, however, would be far more costly than developing the same …

Mozambique's Foreign Policy: Pragmatic Non-Alignment as a Tool for Development

"Mozambique has been held up as a veritable poster child of post-conflict success in Africa following the maintenance of relative peace since the end of the civil war in 1992. Much of this has been thanks to a foreign policy successfully pursued on …

Wade's Senegal and its Relations with Guinea-Bissau: Brother, Patron or Regional Hegemon?

"Against the background of the low-intensity conflict that affects its Casamance region, Senegal should pay particular attention to its relations with its southern neighbour, Guinea-Bissau. Since 2000 Senegal has used its democratic legitimacy, dip…

Brazil's South-South Co-operation Strategies: From Foreign Policy to Public Policy

"This paper analyses the role of institutional and non-institutional actors in current Brazilian foreign policy agendas, particularly in the field of South–South co-operation. The plurality of actors and agendas results in an increasingly complex de…

China-South Sudan:Governance in Emerging Relations

"Away from news headlines about oil, conflict and political instability, China has been developing a more involved engagement with the government of South Sudan and its ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Governance is fund…

On South Africa’s Intervention on the African Continent: Utopia and myth distinguished

"This policy brief examines South Africa’s role in resolving some of the intricate crises on the African continent. The focus is on the perceived predatory nature of South Africa’s relations with the rest of the continent, and why such relations are…

'Energetic' Dialogues in South Africa: The EU Example

"Since the energy crisis of 2007–2008, investor interest in the South African energy sector has been on the rise. This has drawn more attention to the importance of energy in the South Africa–EU relationship. The introduction of the South African N…

America is Coming to Africa: a Comparison with China

"President Barack Obama visited some African countries in June 2013. Later, he announced that there would be an American-African summit in August of 2014 in Washington. For this purpose he has extended invitation letters to African leaders with the …

The African Union and Foreign Policy

"Foreign policy is a set of principles of governments that defines their external relations with other countries. It also serves as an instrument to achieve the national interests of a nation. In implementing their foreign policy, governments manage…

All That Glitters is Not Gold: Dubai, Congo, and the Illicit Trade of Conflict Minerals

Gold is considered to be a 'conflict mineral'. In the DRC gold and diamond trade were tainted by conflict financing, tax evasion, corruption and smuggling. This resulted in the illegal trade of gold, huge financial losses for the DRC and violent con…

The Reed that Lies Low in a Flooded River: The Case of Swazi Resistance to South African Reform Diplomacy

This policy brief traces how post apartheid South Africa has sought to engage Swaziland. South Africa has used its economic clout to influence political developments in Swaziland since 1994. However Swaziland has been reluctant to accept reform init…

South Africa's Cooperation and Support to Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict

"The focus of the review was on current approaches within South Africa which promote and develop the mechanisms that provide support to post-conflict states. The international community is increasingly recognising this challenge, with the consequenc…

China and Liberia: Engagement in a Post-Conflict Country: 2003-2013

"Since the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Liberia in 2003, China has been one of the major foreign participants in Monrovia’s efforts to rebuild its society. Both within the framework of the UN Mission in Liberia and at a bil…

On the Future Africa Wants: The Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

"This Policy & Practice Brief critically discusses the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda against lessons learnt from operationalisation of the MDGs, particularly in light of the fact that a truly humanist future is ne…

Le Maroc et l’Afrique Pour une Mobilisation Nationale d’Envergure / An Important National Mobilization for Morocco and Africa

This publication intends to analyze the vision of HM King Mohammed VI giving stature and importance to the partnership between the Kingdom and the various African countries and to highlight it compared to the strategies of the Moroccan companies pre…

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