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The Future of NAASP in the global South cooperation

dlaminiIn the present context of international relations, cooperation between Asian and African countries remains critical linked to the increasing nature of cooperation between Africa and Asia.1 On the 1st March 2014, South Africa's Minister of International Relations & Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, visited Indonesia to attend a conference on Cooperation Amongst East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development. She attended the meeting in her capacity as a co-chair of the New Asia Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP), an initiative that sets out to strengthen the relationship of the Asia-Africa continents.

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BRICS & the UN in the US-Russia Equation Over Ukraine & Crimea

franciskornegayIn the torrent of opinions and commentaries on the events in Ukraine and Crimea, and the resulting stand-off between Russia and the West, two actors have languished in the background - the United Nations and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) forum to which Russia belongs. Yet the Ukraine-Crimea crisis in relations between the West and Russia carries important implications for both as the geopolitics of this confrontation unfolds. The BRICS dimension is especially intriguing in ways both direct and indirect. If there was doubt about BRICS being hyped as a geopolitical force, the events in Ukraine and Crimea have confirmed them.

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Russia’s Coming Out Party? Public Diplomacy Success at Sochi

ProfGeoffreyAllenPigmanThe resounding success of the Olympic Games at Sochi by many measures has probably surprised the global public, given the drumbeat of negative media coverage in the runup to the opening ceremonies. Russia's public diplomacy at Sochi has indeed been successful, but it has achieved a different kind of success from what we have come to expect in recent times. As a Great Power, Russia has said to the world in a straightforward and unvarnished way, 'get to know us better, this is how we really are for good and for ill, deal with it.'

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The WTO’s Road from Bali: A South African Perspective

DrBrendanvickersThe 9th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia from 3-7 December 2013. Under the stewardship of the new WTO Director-General, Roberto de Azevêdo, the Ministerial Conference delivered the first outcome of the Doha Round after a prolonged impasse that dates back to 2008.

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The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit and US-SA cooperation

scottfirsing80This year (2014) the Netherlands will host the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on the 24-25 March. The United States' President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have already confirmed their attendance. As of writing, confirmation is still being awaited on whether South African President Jacob Zuma will attend.

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