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Germany’s G20 Presidency and the Africa compact: what now for the G20-Africa partnership?

imageGermany’s assumption of the G20 presidency kicked off on 1 December 2016 with a concerted presentation of its priorities, as the multilateral economic and financial forum looks towards its Hamburg Summit of July 2017. Of note among these priorities is the Compact with Africa through which Germany seeks to intensify partnerships with Africa

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The Democratic Alliance visiting Israel; taking lessons from the oppressor or offering an ear?

RemofiloeThe leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, was recently in Israel- a visit that has since given the African National Congress (ANC) some ammunition against its opposition and left South Africans wondering if this was the DA taking lessons from the oppressor or merely going to Israel to learn firsthand about the conflict1 and how South Africa can play a more active role in reaching an agreement between the parties2.

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South Africa’s foreign policy has been at sixes and sevens – here’s why

arafat mandela reutersSouth Africa’s notice to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has once again raised questions about the ethics of its foreign policy.

Responses to the move have highlighted inconsistencies and contradictions in what has been perceived as the country’s ethical foreign policy.

What do we mean by “ethical foreign policy”? The concept is highly contested. But it can generally be understood as governments taking on an enlightened view of their self-interest by committing to alleviate human suffering and to advance international co-operation. This solidarity is seen in policies related to foreign aid, refugee programs, global human rights and health promotion as well as poverty alleviation initiatives.

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Obama, Trump and America's Transition

FrancisKornegayOn the 11th of December 2016 a key WTO provision on China’s accession expired, leaving open whether other countries will regard China as a ‘market economy’ in considering whether to impose anti-dumping measures on its imports. Park this for a moment as its implications will emerge more clearly after reviewing prospects in US-Russian relations based on US President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy and national security appointments.

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Nicaragua’s Ortega is Back in Power

zondiNicaragua's Daniel Ortega has won his fourth presidential term overall and his third successive term since his return in 2006. The prominent leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front known by its Spanish acronym, FLNS, won to the chagrin of Washington, which immediately said it was "deeply concerned" about this electoral outcome. It cited the fact that Nicaragua had not invited international observers, which the US did not also do for its presidential elections a week later. The real gripe is that Ortega pursues a socialist option for development in this very impoverished country, he speaks out against US policy in Latin America.

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