The Pitfalls of Neoliberal Policies and the Rise of Morales’ Socialism in Bolivia: Successes and Challenges

Evo Morales became the first indigenous president of Bolivia in the midst of a growing repulsion against neoliberal policies in Latin America in the period 1998-2009. The leftist revival in the region came on the back of failed US economic...

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The South China Sea Dispute: Why the Philippines used the Permanent Court of Arbitration to gain international sympathy in their fight with China

One of the features that define a state is sovereign control over territory, with the geographical position and the presence of natural resources contributing to a state’s power potential. Territory is such a quintessential feature of states that, history has seen a number of disputes arise between states about who...

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Confused debate on China's role in Africa

Researcher says even congressional studies in Washington paint a false picture of the relationship

Philani Mthembu says the US is being hypocritical when it warns African leaders of the dangers of deepening relations with China when Washington itself is Beijing's largest trading partner.

http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2016-04/01/content_24240832.htm 

IDEOLOGY AND PRACTICE: Relations between China and Tanzania in Historical Perspective (1968-1985)

Author Dr Kwesi D.L.S Prah

Covering a period of roughly seventeen years, this book is a timely review of the historical narrative outlining policies, actions and impacts of state development between China and Tanzania. Its theoretical argument begins with the idea that perspective is a crucial determinant in understanding the value of history, and therefore the various geneses regarding human development.

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Hillary Clinton Vs Donald Trump: How Will They Impact on South Africa?

Guest: ‎Obenewah Amponsah - Chief Executive Officer at Steve Biko Guest: Dr David Monyae - Co- Director: Confucius Institute at The University of Johannesburg and Political Analyst . Guest: Dr Philani Mthembu – Senior Researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue

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Dr Philani Mthembu: Unpacks the relations between SA and India

  In Focus

The 21st Century Scramble for Africa: Implications and the Way Forward

margaret c leeCOSATU Speech
September 12, 2016
Margaret C. Lee Visiting Professor
Institute for Global Dialogue UNISA

Good afternoon! It is indeed an honor to be asked to speak to you today. I have traveled the world and spoken to many groups, but I can truly say this is the greatest honor of all, to be asked to present some of my research to COSATU.

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Philippines policy move to change dynamics in South China Sea

dlaminiThe once favorable and intimate relations between the Philippines and the United States (US) seem to be heading to a road of complications, with the Philippines under the helm of President Rodrigo Duterte showing signs and interest to steer away from the US influence.

Recently, Duterte announced that the Philippines will seek to pursue an independent foreign policy from her allies.

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Brexit, A Web Of Lies, And A Disunited Kingdom

miguelangelverdegarridoIntroduction
The United Kingdom referendum on whether to withdraw or not from the European Union resulted in 52% of the voting population deciding to ‘Leave’. The resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the collapse of the pound sterling were immediate consequences of a ‘Leave’ campaign grounded on numerous lies and already, as the days after the result proved, a number of broken campaign promises. The referendum results were received enthusiastically among far-right nationalist politicians in other countries, despite the fact that profound splits within the UK (i.e., in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London) were also made evident immediately afterward.

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Amitav Acharya, 2014. End of American World Order, Cambridge: Polity Press. 150p. Tables

zondiReviewed by Siphamandla Zondi

The time is ripe for the correction of this deep-seated cognitive injustice committed by dominant discourses suppressing, denigrating, silencing or just neglecting perspectives and world views from outside the Western world. This results in a distortion of world history told only from a Eurocentric angle and thus robbing the readership and listeners of the rich diversity of discourses that have been taking place for centuries emanating also from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and so forth.

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Climate Finance: Shifting for a Fix

William PhotoIntroduction

Climate finance proved to be one of the trickier points to navigate during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). The Paris Agreement, although making significant strides forward in securing reliable, transparent and scaled-up climate compatible financial flows, falls short of delivering binding climate finance commitments. In this blog post the complexities of climate finance are discussed, along with the next steps in the build-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference (COP22) later this year.

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Peru’s Historic Elections: A Tight Victory for Kuczynski’s Centre Right Politics

SikhumbuzoThe Republic of Peru recently went on polls to choose the captain who will steer up the ship of one of Latin America’s fastest growing economy in what analysts termed a historic election contestation. The current form of government in Peru was established by the Constitution of 1993, which established a Presidential Representative Republican system of rule with multi-party elections. The executive branch of government has the President as the chief of state and head of government. The legislative branch of government on the other hand is vested in the Congress of the Republic of Peru, which is a 130-member unicameral congress which is elected every five years by a universal, secret and direct vote.

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