The Eagle and the Springbok: Strengthening the Nigeria / South Africa Relationship

Nigeria and South Africa have led economic integration and development, as well as peacekeeping and peace-building efforts, in their respective sub-regions and in other parts of Africa. Their partnership represents the continent’s potentially most strategic bilateral relationship. The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together about 30 high-level practitioners and scholars to strengthen relations between the two countries. CCR’s policy seminar sought to build on the outcomes of a Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission meeting held in May 2012 in order to help to “reset” the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa by addressing key themes, and crafting concrete recommendations, on the history and diplomacy of bilateral relations; the multilateral roles adopted by the two countries; their economic and trade links; civil society perspectives and the future of the relationship.