About the Programme
South Africa's conduct of international relations, especially its role in international organisations like the UN Security Council, its choice of strategic partnerships, its leadership role in Africa, its public engagement and foreign policy decision making, has been intensely debated in...Read more...
The purpose of this focus area is to unpack the extent to which the policy in its making, its nature and its application constitutes a principled and pragmatic response to a complex international environment. In doing so, we hope to...Read more...
Since the onset of the 21st century, there has been an accelerated rise of non-western powers into the great power echelon of international politics and economic relations. Epitomized by the rise of China, India and Brazil, this trend is rapidly changing the strategic landscape of international relations.
The IGD has long been tracking these developments in its Emerging Powers programme, the focus of which aims to:
Understand how emerging powers and related global South geopolitical-economic dynamics affect changing trends and developments in the field of diplomacy including impact on the decisions, policy options and strategies that South Africa and Africa as a whole need to deliberate on in shaping Africa’s agenda and priorities in international diplomacy and negotiations;
Address Africa’s strategic options in navigating the diplomacy of emerging powers and South-South/North-South relations;
Assess the implications of the rise of emerging powers for the prospects of reform in global governance.
The IGD has six major foci in its Emerging Powers programme, explored through various dialogues and engagements, policy briefs, reports and publications:
International balance of power
New Global South multilateralism
Leveraging Africa’s interests
South Africa’s national interests
Inter-continental and inter-regional dynamics