The South China Sea Dispute: Why the Philippines used the Permanent Court of Arbitration to gain international sympathy in their fight with China

One of the features that define a state is sovereign control over territory, with the geographical position and the presence of natural resources contributing to a state’s power potential. Territory is such a quintessential feature of states that, history has seen a number of disputes arise between states about who...

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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.

http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2016-04/01/content_24240832.htm 

IDEOLOGY AND PRACTICE: Relations between China and Tanzania in Historical Perspective (1968-1985)

Author Dr Kwesi D.L.S Prah

Covering a period of roughly seventeen years, this book is a timely review of the historical narrative outlining policies, actions and impacts of state development between China and Tanzania. Its theoretical argument begins with the idea that perspective is a crucial determinant in understanding the value of history, and therefore the various geneses regarding human development.

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Hillary Clinton Vs Donald Trump: How Will They Impact on South Africa?

Guest: ‎Obenewah Amponsah - Chief Executive Officer at Steve Biko Guest: Dr David Monyae - Co- Director: Confucius Institute at The University of Johannesburg and Political Analyst . Guest: Dr Philani Mthembu – Senior Researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue

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Dr Philani Mthembu: Unpacks the relations between SA and India

Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines in Africa

This book is intended to contribute to discussions about the fundamental challenge of coloniality haunting humanities and social sciences in universities in Africa, while suggesting ways to de-link from and make a break with the epistemic injustices of embedded Eurocentrism that finds expression in the idea of and the content of academic disciplines as found in the current university system...

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  In Focus

The South African Constition: Great Poetry or Great Legislation

RemofiloeWednesday 27th April 1994 remains entrenched in the memories of many South Africans because it was on this day that the first democratic elections were held. It is the day that signaled the beginning of a South Africa that embraced all those who called it home, a day that would be evidence of the will and determination of the South African people to move forward and create a democratic society governed by a government that is based on the will of the people and the rule of law.

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Brazil’s neo-liberals threat to Brics

zondiWhat should we make of the change of leadership in Brazil? What are the implications for the agency of the global south in this long battle to decolonise world affairs?

We have watched as the political drama in Brasilia unfolded towards the removal of Ms Dilma Rousseff from the presidency.

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Reflecting on our Chilean Experience

lona nalediWe (Lona Gqiza and Naledi Plaatjies), former Research Assistants at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) were recently awarded the AGCI Nelson Mandela Scholarship to pursue Master’s Degrees at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. We arrived in Chile on the 11th of March 2016 to start intensive Spanish classes for six months. We will thereafter pursue our Master’s Degrees in Politics and Governance in August. This paper serves as a reflection of the experiences gained on foreign land thus far and cements the important role the Institute for Global Dialogue played.

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The Rise of ‘Choppies Diplomacy’: A New Instrument for Botswana’s Economic Diplomacy?

choppiesChoppies Group CEO, Ottapathu Ramachandran has just made the cover of Forbes Africa. Many Fortune 500 CEOs have made the cover, and it is no surprise that Choppies, a local chain store has caught the attention of Forbes magazine. In the modern era, private corporations have evolved to play a larger role in international relations than some states have had the ability to. Huge corporations such as McDonald’s, Apple Inc. Ford and South African chain stores such as Spar have grown tremendously to a point where they have defined their role in international relations and diplomacy.

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Panama Papers should transform global economic governance

zondiLeaks have become the best way to cause global authorities to act on crimes of the global elite, writes Siphamandla Zondi.

The release of the Panama Papers on April 4 has caused the world to look again at unethical conduct by global business and the political elite. It has revived the question of the dark underbelly of global capitalism: the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor.

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As Trump’s power rises, so too does a Republican rift

FrancisKornegayGOP in civil war with itself as Donald Trump makes strides in ‘hostile takeover’ of Lincoln’s party, writes Francis A Kornegay Jr

THIS party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln." So spoke House majority leader Paul Ryan after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump failed to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on his way to his coronation as the party’s standard bearer against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in November.

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