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Why South Africa loves Cuba

sa loves_cubaWhile the American news media recently focused on "the handshake" between President Obama and Raúl Castro, it is worth pondering why the organizers of Nelson Mandela's memorial service invited Raúl Castro to be one of only six foreign leaders—of the ninety-one in attendance—to speak at the ceremony.

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Pakistan ‘ambitious to strengthen bilateral ties with South Africa’

pakistan south_africaISLAMABAD: Pakistan's High Commissioner-designate to South Africa Najmus Saqib said that promoting trade and economic ties with South Africa was his prime objective.

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Diluting foreign investors’ protection makes no sense

diluting foreign_investor_protectionTHE Department of Trade and Industry has had a veritable bee in its bonnet about the 46 bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki administrations signed in the post-1994 decade of South Africa's economic liberalisation.

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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013: Father of the new South Africa, president, and international statesman. A look at his foreign policy perspectives

nelsonmandela copyAs the 1980s drew to a close I could not see much of the world from my prison cell, but I knew it was changing. There was little doubt in my mind that this would have a profound impact on my country on the southern African region and the continent of which I am proud to be a citizen.

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Malusi Gigaba welcomes his Chinese counterpart

malusigigabachineseI extend my warmest welcome to Vice-Chairman Huang on your important official visit to South Africa, which underscores growing political and economic relations between our two countries.

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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 the recent past. The FPA programme aims to provide a nuanced analysis and facilitate a structured discussion of South Africa's foreign policy in a changing world environment for purposes of informing its future direction.

Aims and Objectives of The Project

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 be guided by an objective to promote a foreign policy that positions SA as a responsible global citizen committed to building bridges between various power blocs for the benefit of Africa and South Africans.

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