IGD Youth Forum Call for Articles

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) Youth Forum would like to invite young scholars interested in South African foreign policy and international relations to write analyses /think-pieces on current events. The aim of this initiative is to provide a platform for young scholars to engage in matters concerning South African foreign policy and international affairs. The IGD Youth Forum seeks to promote youth dialogue towards a better Africa and a better world.


SA National Planning Committee directors – profiles of all the members

South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed 25 new members to the National Planning Commission in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, for a period of five years.

The President has appointed the following members;


The Decoloniality Summer School hosted by the College of Human Sciences

Institute for Global Dialogue co-hosts with Unisa entities the next Summer School on Decoloniality: Being, Knowledge and Power. This is a Summer School in Janaury 2016 dedicated to decolonising research methodology, exploring ways of transcending the inherited colonial method and finding ways of expression the diversity of the world truthfully. 

Overview of German-South African political relations

Address at Institute of Global Dialogue event, UNISA

"Germany and South Africa: Turning Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities into Achievements"
By H.E. Ambassador Horst Freitag, Embassy of Germany in South Africa.


The South African - GRULAC Dialogue Forum

The GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean Group) dialogue forum on SA's relations with Latin American and the Caribbean countries was hosted at the DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation), OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, on 25 June 2015. With the attendance of the Deputy Minister Landers, as well as significant high level representation on behalf of the South African government and GRULAC missions in South Africa, insights


Exploring the ties of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for a better future

Because of similar interests and agendas, there are many benefits that South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean can have if they collaborate in certain areas and learn from each other. As Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya says: “We share a history, we share cultures, we share commercial relations and, even more important in a globalised world, we ought to share a common destiny as humanity.”

In Focus

In Focus is a refereed IGD blog spot providing snip analysis by IGD staff and external analysts on topical developments in Africa and the world. If you want to have your commentary considered, write an e-mail to info@igd.org.za. Older In Focus articles may be found in the archives section.

Please note the views and opinions expressed in the In Focus Blog are those of the individual authors may not necessarily be shared by the IGD or its affiliates.

Nigeria in the UNSC hot seat

Andrea RoyeppenIn 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.

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Essequibo: Testing the Threshold of Unity

Wayne JumatThe 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).

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Taking Stock of the BRICS Summit in Ufa

PhilaniMthembu largeThe 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.

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Can bilateral ties between SA and Argentina improve food security?

nalediplaaitjiesArgentina 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.

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