EVENT: Brics in Africa

With BRICS countries, such as China, through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and India, through the India-Africa Summits (IAS) intensifying their engagement on the African continent, the following symposium looks into the role of the BRICS countries in Africa...


Boosting South Africa’s Economic Relations with the BRICS

South Africa has made concerted efforts in the past two decades to promote economic growth and address its triple domestic economic challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty...


A New Chapter Beckons: South Africa at the Crossroads

Thursday 30 March 2017 should be construed as a critical juncture in the history of a democratic South Africa. Regardless of the size or effect of an event or cause, critical junctures typically generate persistent paths of political development...


China – Africa: high time for a common integrated African policy on China

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) & The Wits Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP) invite you to a symposium on China – Africa: high time for a common integrated African policy on China.


POST-OBAMA CRISIS IN BLACK: The Uncertain Future of American democracy

The United States of America is undergoing a major multi-dimensional conjunctural transition, one affecting the politics of its domestic and foreign relations with global implications.


Preventing Conflicts or Preventing Relapse: Understanding the entry-point of emerging peacebuilding actors

Reports from the WHO approximate the number of humans killed in violent conflict to 700,000 per annum, and a further hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes and exposed to inhumane conditions.


  In Focus

Iranian influence in turbulent Syria

nagar fayaziIran’s regional ascendancy is largely enhanced by its involvement and actions in the Syrian civil war, as from 2011. Since 1979, the strategic alliance between Iran and Syria has had a momentous bearing on shaping Middle Eastern politics and forestalling the regional goals of the United States (US) and Israel - which is to maintain their hegemonic position in the Middle East regioni. The question constantly asked today, is: why is Iran using much of its resources to back the Syrian regime and what strategic value does Syria have for the Islamic Republic?

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How can India stop Racism against Africans?

PoojaJainIn order to fight racism, we first need to acknowledge that it exists

Not even a year has passed since Congolese resident M.K. Oliver was murdered that reprehensible attacks on African students in India have resurfaced. What has changed in this past year? Not much, I argue. People persist in their prejudice and misconceptions while the government continues to toe the same line on the denial of racism in these crimesi.

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Iran: An emerging power?

nagar fayaziIn contemporary International Relations (IR), new powers are emerging to contest the United States (US) primacy and bring about vital changes to the global arena. There has been a shift from a predominant unipolar world order to a more multipolar world order. These powers are commonly known as ‘emerging powers’ and a common question asked today is, whether Iran can be considered an emerging power?

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy in Latin America: A Scorecard

SikhumbuzoWhen Senator Barack Obama was nominated as the 44th and first Afro-American president of the United States on 4 November, 2008, the entire region witnessed a concerted series of celebrations, heralding the birth of a new chapter of engagement in U.S.-Latin America relations. Indeed, on his first appearance at the regional stage in April 2009, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas hosted in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, President Obama effectively improved the mood in U.S.-Latin America relations by unveiling a U.S. policy toward the region that was centred on the idea of multilateralism and equal partnership. He also uttered words that connected well with the region’s leaders when he said:

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International Law under Scrutiny: The Challenges & Impediments of International Courts

RemofiloeThe establishment of international courts came about in order to facilitate the role of the United Nations (UN) in attaining and maintaining international peace and security; achieving international cooperation in solving social, cultural, and humanitarian problems, promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends1. International courts that mediate and preside over matters with legal impacts between states and between states and authorised organs and agencies of the United Nations include the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), with the ICC being the most famous one.

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BRICS: A global phenomenon turned into a fad?

Negar FayaziThe grouping of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) was considered a significant moment in time, in which emerging economies began to make their mark on the global stage. South Africa joined this imperative bloc of emerging economies in 2010, in line with the country’s foreign policy to strengthen South-South relations and as a representative for the African continent. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) was essentially considered a geopolitical phenomenon challenging the unipolar order, however in recent years a constant question raised is: Is BRICS still relevant today or was it just a fad and what was the point of South Africa’s inclusion in this group?

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