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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BRICS in an Age of Multipolarity: Sustaining Strategic Partnerships under Difficult Economic Conditions

It seems a long time ago that Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neil coined the term the ‘BRICs’ for the grouping of countries that would be the next drivers of the global economy. Much has happened since then; South Africa has joined the grouping to form the ‘S’ in the BRICS.

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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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The BRICS in an Age of Multipolarity: Sustaining Strategic Partnerships under Difficult Economic Conditions

The IGD and SABTT invite you to this four part dialogue series. Following the October BRICS Summit in Goa, this multi-stakeholder dialogue series interrogates the contemporary challenges and opportunities faced by BRICS countries as they seek to expand relations under difficult economic conditions.

Confused debate on China's role in Africa

Researcher 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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  In Focus

Philippines policy move to change dynamics in South China Sea

dlaminiThe once favorable and intimate relations between the Philippines and the United States (US) seem to be heading to a road of complications, with the Philippines under the helm of President Rodrigo Duterte showing signs and interest to steer away from the US influence.

Recently, Duterte announced that the Philippines will seek to pursue an independent foreign policy from her allies.

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Brexit, A Web Of Lies, And A Disunited Kingdom

miguelangelverdegarridoIntroduction
The United Kingdom referendum on whether to withdraw or not from the European Union resulted in 52% of the voting population deciding to ‘Leave’. The resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the collapse of the pound sterling were immediate consequences of a ‘Leave’ campaign grounded on numerous lies and already, as the days after the result proved, a number of broken campaign promises. The referendum results were received enthusiastically among far-right nationalist politicians in other countries, despite the fact that profound splits within the UK (i.e., in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London) were also made evident immediately afterward.

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Amitav Acharya, 2014. End of American World Order, Cambridge: Polity Press. 150p. Tables

zondiReviewed by Siphamandla Zondi

The time is ripe for the correction of this deep-seated cognitive injustice committed by dominant discourses suppressing, denigrating, silencing or just neglecting perspectives and world views from outside the Western world. This results in a distortion of world history told only from a Eurocentric angle and thus robbing the readership and listeners of the rich diversity of discourses that have been taking place for centuries emanating also from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and so forth.

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Climate Finance: Shifting for a Fix

William PhotoIntroduction

Climate finance proved to be one of the trickier points to navigate during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). The Paris Agreement, although making significant strides forward in securing reliable, transparent and scaled-up climate compatible financial flows, falls short of delivering binding climate finance commitments. In this blog post the complexities of climate finance are discussed, along with the next steps in the build-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference (COP22) later this year.

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Peru’s Historic Elections: A Tight Victory for Kuczynski’s Centre Right Politics

SikhumbuzoThe Republic of Peru recently went on polls to choose the captain who will steer up the ship of one of Latin America’s fastest growing economy in what analysts termed a historic election contestation. The current form of government in Peru was established by the Constitution of 1993, which established a Presidential Representative Republican system of rule with multi-party elections. The executive branch of government has the President as the chief of state and head of government. The legislative branch of government on the other hand is vested in the Congress of the Republic of Peru, which is a 130-member unicameral congress which is elected every five years by a universal, secret and direct vote.

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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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