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.

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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...

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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...

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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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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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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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  In Focus

South Africa’s foreign policy has been at sixes and sevens – here’s why

arafat mandela reutersSouth Africa’s notice to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has once again raised questions about the ethics of its foreign policy.

Responses to the move have highlighted inconsistencies and contradictions in what has been perceived as the country’s ethical foreign policy.

What do we mean by “ethical foreign policy”? The concept is highly contested. But it can generally be understood as governments taking on an enlightened view of their self-interest by committing to alleviate human suffering and to advance international co-operation. This solidarity is seen in policies related to foreign aid, refugee programs, global human rights and health promotion as well as poverty alleviation initiatives.

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Nicaragua’s Ortega is Back in Power

zondiNicaragua's Daniel Ortega has won his fourth presidential term overall and his third successive term since his return in 2006. The prominent leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front known by its Spanish acronym, FLNS, won to the chagrin of Washington, which immediately said it was "deeply concerned" about this electoral outcome. It cited the fact that Nicaragua had not invited international observers, which the US did not also do for its presidential elections a week later. The real gripe is that Ortega pursues a socialist option for development in this very impoverished country, he speaks out against US policy in Latin America.

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Africans Pay Homage to the late Fidel Castro’s Legacy

SikhumbuzoBy and large Fidel Castro produced a revolution that led to many revolutionaries across Latin America and Africa. The el commandant played a huge role in liberating Southern Africa from the forces of apartheid. As soon as Cuba was free from the dictatorship of Batista following a successful revolution of 1959, it opened its doors to freedom fighters from Latin America and Africa to receive guerilla training and assistance to further their path to liberation (Jacob Zuma Interviewed on SABC News, 26 November 2016).

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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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