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- Wednesday, 12 August 2015
- By Andrea Royeppen
In the month of August, Nigeria takes up the rotational presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Nigeria was elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC in 2013 for the period of 2014-2015. In a somewhat historical election, this is the first time that a member of the council assumes leadership for the fourth time in two different tenures in the space of five years. Nigeria can therefore harness important institutional memory here as the same Nigerian Ambassador to the UN, Joy Ogwu, has held this position before. While this presidential leadership of the UNSC only lasts a month, it provides a strategic platform for Nigeria to illustrate its commitment to international issues of peace and security and demonstrate its capability as a contender for a permanent seat, should a reform of the UNSC ever offer an African seat(s). More importantly, it could provide Nigeria with an opportunity to advocate for greater international support for the fight against Boko Haram.
- Tuesday, 11 August 2015
- By Wayne J. Jumat
The results of Guyana’s 2015 elections and the new incoming administration led by President Danny Granger from the APNU (A Partnership for National Unity), did not change Georgetown’s pursuit of its foreign policy objective of territorial integrity. One of the most pressing concerns of the ruling coalition remains historical and current issues pertaining to its western frontier that faces a serious test of legitimate ownership due to Venezuela’s territorial claims (on land and at sea).
- Tuesday, 28 July 2015
- By Philani Mthembu
The formalisation and institutionalisation of enhanced cooperation between the BRICS countries was always mired in controversy as some questioned the viability of the partnership based on the differences of the BRICS countries. However, what is clear from the recent BRICS Summit in Ufa is that despite the steady flow of criticism and sometimes ridicule levelled against the grouping, it has slowly sought areas of common interest while carefully avoiding matters of disagreement. They may not appear a coherent grouping to the outside eye, but the Ufa declaration, coupled with the Memorandum of Understanding on the New Development Bank, and the newly adopted Economic Partnership Strategy show tangible signs of a movement away from rhetoric towards operationalising the partnership. The following analysis uses the contents of these documents and agreements to take stock of what took place in Ufa and what it means about the nature of the partnerships being carved out by the BRICS group of countries.
- Wednesday, 15 July 2015
- By Naledi Plaatjies
Argentina is one of the leading countries in the adoption of no-till farming. As in the case of South Africa, Argentina’s economy is dominated by the agricultural sector, dependent on processed food produce. The aim of this paper is to show how bilateral cooperation between these two developing states could foster technological advancements and transfers, as well as diversify the two countries’ export markets for their agricultural sectors.