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.

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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.

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ARAB MAGHREB UNION-SADR EQUATION: A Moroccan Opening?

Now that Morocco is back in the African Union (AU) without ousting the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), can the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) finally become an operational reality?

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The UN @70: Towards the future

This special edition of Global Dialogue focused on The UN @70: Towards the future, forms part of a research project undertaken by the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), with the financial support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

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Trilateral Cooperation in a Changing International Development Landscape

This special edition of Global Dialogue, focused on trilateral cooperation in a changing global development landscape, forms part of a research project undertaken by the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), with the financial support of the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID).

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Situating the future of BRICS in changing global dynamics

With preparations for the 9th BRICS Summit under the Chinese Presidency in progress, question marks on the future of the BRICS are repeatedly raised. This symposium, organised into a panel discussion, breakaway sessions, and plenary, seeks to explore some of the future scenarios of the BRICS in changing global dynamics.

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IS THE DONALD TRUMPING CHINA ON TAIWAN?

FrancisKornegayThe mini-storm in a tea cup over the telephone exchange of pleasantries between US President-Elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s pro-independence party head of its government, TsaiIng-wen, is worth trying to unpack. This is not so much for this episode itself in terms of what it may portend for U.S.-China relations under the incoming new administration as much as may tell us about Beijing’s ‘One China’ conundrum. This pertains not just to Taiwan but to Hong Kong and Tibet as well. It may also carry wider implications for other BRICS countries and emerging powers on integrationist ‘national questions’ and those pertaining to regional integration.

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Trump: A New Climate of Doubt

william hullIntroduction

The election of Donald J. Trump cast a long shadow over recent negotiations at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP22). This blog post assesses the new climate realities of a Trump presidency, the potential consequences for the Paris Agreement, and the on-going climate actions of U.S. corporations and citizens. The post also considers the opportunities left for China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and lingering questions concerning the future role of the U.S. in climate diplomacy.

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Fidel Castro Lives on in the Revolutionary Imagination!

Mabutho ShangaseAs the world celebrates the life and times of Fidel Castro as a revolutionary, politician, internationalist and statesman, scholars of revolution and humankind in general have been bequeathed a treasure trove of critical and emancipatory ideas. South Africa as a country that is currently grappling with a multiplicity of challenges including leadership, poverty, unemployment, inequality, domestic violence, crime, etc. has an opportunity to learn from the life experience of Fidel Castro.

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The Rise of Populism: Challenge to Democracy or Refuge of the Unheard?

Philani populismRecent years have been marked by a deepening crisis in established democracies. In the United States the take-over of the Republican Party by Donald Trump has brought about a melt-down of the political culture and defied much analysis about Hillary Clinton winning a historic election in a much divided country. Indeed Donal Trump is now the President elect of the United States of America, the world’s only military superpower.

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The 21st century refugee: alone and underage

RemofiloeInternational law defines refugees as people who have fled their homes due to conflict situations or the threat of persecution; they are not to be returned to the situations they fled from nor are they to be expelled1. Members of the international community have a duty to protect refugees, a duty which was affirmed in the aftermath of World War II with the ratification of the 1951 Refugee Convention2 which gave birth to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (a programme under the United Nations tasked with the protection and support as well as in assisting with the voluntary repatriation of refugees).

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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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