Dr Philani Mthembu: Unpacks the relations between SA and India

Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines in Africa

This book is intended to contribute to discussions about the fundamental challenge of coloniality haunting humanities and social sciences in universities in Africa, while suggesting ways to de-link from and make a break with the epistemic injustices of embedded Eurocentrism that finds expression in the idea of and the content of academic disciplines as found in the current university system...

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Review of South Africa's Trilateral Cooperation Activities 2004 - 2014

The following presentation, prepared by Mr. Daniel Chiwandamira formed an integral part of the IGD Symposium on Trilateral Cooperation. The symposium offered conceptual and empirical analyses on research conducted by a range of scholars on trilateral cooperation. The presentation by Mr. Chiwandamira thus gave a comprehensive review of all of South Africa’s trilateral cooperation between 2004 and 2014, making it an invaluable resource for practitioners and non-practitioners of development diplomacy. ...

CALL FOR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

The Unisa Latin American Report invites submissions for its 2016 editions. The peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal is dedicated to publishing critical scholarship in global south studies broadly and on issues affecting peoples and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean region, especially their relations with Africa across areas of politics, economy, culture, language, science, technology and innovation, environment, engineering, etc...

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IGD Symposium on Trilateral Cooperation

On the 27th October 2015, the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in partnership with the UK Department of International Development (DFID), hosted its first symposium on trilateral cooperation. This formed an important component of an ongoing research project that aims to provide critical insights into the international politics of development diplomacy and its implications for South Africa.

The South African - GRULAC Dialogue Forum

The GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean Group) dialogue forum on SA's relations with Latin American and the Caribbean countries was hosted at the DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation), OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, on 25 June 2015. With the attendance of the Deputy Minister Landers, as well as significant high level representation on behalf of the South African government and GRULAC missions in South Africa, insights

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The Tribunal Ruling Against China over SCS: So what?

kennyremofiloeThe Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea recently made a ruling on a South China Sea (SCS) case brought by Philippines, disputing Beijing’s historical claims and exclusive rights and control of the SCS. The tribunal declared that although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other states, had historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources. So what does this mean for the future of the SCS?

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25 May - Africa Day and the role of Afro-Brazilians

ZuluCelebrating Africa Day on the 25th May continues to be a major challenge for Afro-Brazilians. After almost 500 years of forced migration (slavery), we have to admit that the majority of Afro-Brazilians do not know a lot about the African continent. Still mythical, idealised and romanticised perceptions of Africa persist in the minds of many in accordance with either their spiritual needs or need for political expediency.

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Confused debate on China's role in Africa

PhilaniMthembu largeResearcher 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.

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Reflecting on the International Committee of the Red Cross and South Africa’s humanitarian role in Somalia

SikhumbuzoThe Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) recently hosted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at an open dialogue reflecting on their humanitarian experiences in Somalia. The ICRC has maintained a humanitarian presence in Somalia since 1982. However, since 1994, its humanitarian delegation has been based in Nairobi, Kenya due to the escalation of the civil conflict. The ICRC has also worked with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in attempts to implement many of its humanitarian activities inside Somalia.

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South China Sea Dispute; a Battle between David and Goliath

RemofiloeChina and the Philippines have been engaged in a tug of war over who has legitimate sovereignty over parts of the South China Sea1, an area that sees one-third of the world’s shipping pass through it and is believed to have huge oil and natural gas reserves under its seabed, from as far back as the 1970’s. This dispute has since escalated with the outgoing Filipino President, Benigno Aquino, filling an international legal case in 2013 against Beijing and China responding by reiterating its stance against third party interference.

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South Africa-Zimbabwe relations in the context of China’s growing footprint in Africa

PhilaniMthembu largeRelations between South Africa and Zimbabwe pose interesting questions about regional dynamics in Southern Africa in the context of China’s growing footprint on the African continent. Rather than describing the relationship, the following article suggests a way of understanding it in a changing global political landscape. It does this by presenting five key themes, namely 1) the Johannesburg FOCAC Summit in 2015, 2) China’s second Africa policy paper released prior to the summit, 3) the convergence of the inception of FOCAC and Zimbabwe’s Look East policy, 4) the role of emerging powers in establishing regional autonomy, and 5) the fallacy of using traditional International Relations lenses to explain the relationship between South Africa and Zimbabwe throughout the political crisis that unfolded.

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