20 Years of Democracy in South Africa: Quo Vadis

History notes the 1994 democratic election as a turning point in terms of socio- economic and political trajectories for South Africa. On the whole this period marshalled unprecedented transformational processes and systems. The notion of a new South Africa began to take shape and questions on South Africanness emerged at the public spaces of dialogue.

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Egypt govt’s resignation not surprising: Siphamandla Zondi

Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic US ally gripped by political strife. After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and subsequent crackdown on Islamists and liberals with hundreds killed and thousands jailed, critics say Cairo's military-backed authorities are turning...


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U.S. and South Africa: Facing Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Remarks by Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard at the diplomacy dialogue held Thursday, 20 February 2014 hosted by IGD and UNISA.


Read the full text and watch the video here

Uganda: Persecution of Gays Intensifies As Rights Groups Go Underground

Kampala — As she sits in a Kampala hotel holding a mobile phone that rings frequently, Sandra Ntebi tells IPS: "I'm really exhausted. I don't know where to start. We have many cases pending." Ntebi manages a hotline and is helping Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community find alternative, safe accommodation after they have faced harassment. "Right now,...


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Kenya: Uhuru Pays Tribute to Officers Killed in Pangani Explosion

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said many lives would have been lost yesterday if it were not for the diligence of two officers who were killed during a car explosion outside the Pangani Police station yesterday. The two were among four people who died when a car they were escorting to the Pangani Police station was blown up last night. Speaking during a...


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Morocco: France Vetoes Athlete Khalid Shah's Extradition to Norway

France has turned down a Norwegian request for the extradition of Moroccan athlete Khaled Skah, locked in a dispute with his ex-wife over custody of their two children. A French court found that the row between Norway and Morocco over the affair meant he could not be guaranteed fair treatment if extradited. Skah, 47, won the 10,000 metres at the 1992...


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In Focus is a refereed IGD blog spot providing snip analysis by IGD staff and external analysts on topical developments in Africa and the world. If you want to have your commentary considered, write an e-mail to info@igd.org.za. Older In Focus articles may be found in the Archives section.


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The Future of NAASP in the global South cooperation

By Kenny Dlamini Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:28

dlaminiIn the present context of international relations, cooperation between Asian and African countries remains critical linked to the increasing nature of cooperation between Africa and Asia.1 On the 1st March 2014, South Africa's Minister of International Relations & Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, visited Indonesia to attend a conference on Cooperation Amongst East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development. She attended the meeting in her capacity as a co-chair of the New Asia Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP), an initiative that sets out to strengthen the relationship of the Asia-Africa continents.

 

BRICS & the UN in the US-Russia Equation Over Ukraine & Crimea

By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr. Friday, 28 March 2014 10:58

franciskornegayIn the torrent of opinions and commentaries on the events in Ukraine and Crimea, and the resulting stand-off between Russia and the West, two actors have languished in the background - the United Nations and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) forum to which Russia belongs. Yet the Ukraine-Crimea crisis in relations between the West and Russia carries important implications for both as the geopolitics of this confrontation unfolds. The BRICS dimension is especially intriguing in ways both direct and indirect. If there was doubt about BRICS being hyped as a geopolitical force, the events in Ukraine and Crimea have confirmed them.

 

The WTO’s Road from Bali: A South African Perspective

By Brendan Vickers Tuesday, 04 March 2014 22:04

DrBrendanvickersThe 9th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia from 3-7 December 2013. Under the stewardship of the new WTO Director-General, Roberto de Azevêdo, the Ministerial Conference delivered the first outcome of the Doha Round after a prolonged impasse that dates back to 2008.

 

Russia’s Coming Out Party? Public Diplomacy Success at Sochi

By Geoff Pigman Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:49

ProfGeoffreyAllenPigmanThe resounding success of the Olympic Games at Sochi by many measures has probably surprised the global public, given the drumbeat of negative media coverage in the runup to the opening ceremonies. Russia's public diplomacy at Sochi has indeed been successful, but it has achieved a different kind of success from what we have come to expect in recent times. As a Great Power, Russia has said to the world in a straightforward and unvarnished way, 'get to know us better, this is how we really are for good and for ill, deal with it.'

 

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April  2014
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13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      

20 Years of Democracy in South Africa: Quo Vadis

History notes the 1994 democratic election as a turning point in terms of socio- economic and political trajectories for South Africa. On the whole this period marshalled unprecedented transformational processes and systems. The notion of a new South Africa began to take shape and questions on South Africanness emerged at the public spaces of dialogue.

Read More

Egypt govt’s resignation not surprising: Siphamandla Zondi

Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic US ally gripped by political strife. After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and subsequent crackdown on Islamists and liberals with hundreds killed and thousands jailed, critics say Cairo's military-backed authorities are turning...


Read More...

U.S. and South Africa: Facing Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Remarks by Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard at the diplomacy dialogue held Thursday, 20 February 2014 hosted by IGD and UNISA.


Read the full text and watch the video here

Uganda: Persecution of Gays Intensifies As Rights Groups Go Underground

Kampala — As she sits in a Kampala hotel holding a mobile phone that rings frequently, Sandra Ntebi tells IPS: "I'm really exhausted. I don't know where to start. We have many cases pending." Ntebi manages a hotline and is helping Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community find alternative, safe accommodation after they have faced harassment. "Right now,...


Read More...

Kenya: Uhuru Pays Tribute to Officers Killed in Pangani Explosion

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said many lives would have been lost yesterday if it were not for the diligence of two officers who were killed during a car explosion outside the Pangani Police station yesterday. The two were among four people who died when a car they were escorting to the Pangani Police station was blown up last night. Speaking during a...


Read More...

Morocco: France Vetoes Athlete Khalid Shah's Extradition to Norway

France has turned down a Norwegian request for the extradition of Moroccan athlete Khaled Skah, locked in a dispute with his ex-wife over custody of their two children. A French court found that the row between Norway and Morocco over the affair meant he could not be guaranteed fair treatment if extradited. Skah, 47, won the 10,000 metres at the 1992...


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