Report: Symposium – High time for a common integrated African policy on China, 20 July 2017

The Africa-China Reporting Project, in partnership with the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted a Symposium at Wits University’s Senate Room on July 20 under the theme High time for a common integrated African policy on China.

China’s first policy towards Africa was released in 2006 and a second version was released in 2015, yet Africa remains without a common policy towards China...

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Situating the Future of BRICS in Changing Global Dynamics - Report

With preparations for the 9th BRICS Summit under the Chinese Presidency in progress, question marks on the future of the BRICS are repeatedly raised. The following symposium, organised into a panel discussion, breakaway sessions, and plenary, sought to explore some of the future scenarios of the BRICS in changing global dynamics. It looked into existing power dynamics in the grouping, with Russia, China, and India vying for influence, while South Africa and Brazil seemingly lagging behind as they confront various domestic challenges.


Development Financing from the Global South: The BRICS New Development Bank

The following symposium uses the BRICS New Development Bank as a window providing insights into development finance from the global South, especially since its creation as a legal entity in 2015. While still new to providing international financing for development projects, it remains important to explore who the key role players are, how BRICS partners perceive their roles as contributors and recipients, and what projects have been agreed upon; where South Africa fits in this context, namely...


A New Chapter Beckons: South Africa at the Crossroads

Thursday 30 March 2017 should be construed as a critical juncture in the history of a democratic South Africa. Regardless of the size or effect of an event or cause, critical junctures typically generate persistent paths of political development...


Boosting South Africa’s Economic Relations with the BRICS

South Africa has made concerted efforts in the past two decades to promote economic growth and address its triple domestic economic challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty...


Preventing Conflicts or Preventing Relapse: Understanding the entry-point of emerging peacebuilding actors

Reports from the WHO approximate the number of humans killed in violent conflict to 700,000 per annum, and a further hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes and exposed to inhumane conditions.


  In Focus

Russia and Iran: New strategic power alliance in Syria?

nagar fayaziRussia and Iran’s unprecedented cooperation in the Syrian civil war to maintain Bashar al-Assad’s regime has captured the world’s attention. This pairing has undoubtedly had a significant impact in the Middle East region along with hindering the United States (US) hegemonic status. However, in the past Iran and Russia’s relationship was not always as robust as it is currently, in fact there was a substantial amount of mistrust and resentment between these two emerging powersi. Thus, the question that should be asked is: Why are Iran and Russia allies in Syria?

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South African branding and African perceptions: How will the promotion of BRICS fare?

ArinaMuresanSouth Africa has a strategic role in promoting the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) partnership in Africa through its public diplomacy, the communication of a country’s foreign policy, and nation or place branding, the management of a nation’s reputation and image that accounts for the spirit and substance of a nation’s identity, intended to create a distinct, meaningful and authentic perception of the respective country.

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Iranian influence in turbulent Syria

nagar fayaziIran’s regional ascendancy is largely enhanced by its involvement and actions in the Syrian civil war, as from 2011. Since 1979, the strategic alliance between Iran and Syria has had a momentous bearing on shaping Middle Eastern politics and forestalling the regional goals of the United States (US) and Israel - which is to maintain their hegemonic position in the Middle East regioni. The question constantly asked today, is: why is Iran using much of its resources to back the Syrian regime and what strategic value does Syria have for the Islamic Republic?

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How can India stop Racism against Africans?

PoojaJainIn order to fight racism, we first need to acknowledge that it exists

Not even a year has passed since Congolese resident M.K. Oliver was murdered that reprehensible attacks on African students in India have resurfaced. What has changed in this past year? Not much, I argue. People persist in their prejudice and misconceptions while the government continues to toe the same line on the denial of racism in these crimesi.

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Iran: An emerging power?

nagar fayaziIn contemporary International Relations (IR), new powers are emerging to contest the United States (US) primacy and bring about vital changes to the global arena. There has been a shift from a predominant unipolar world order to a more multipolar world order. These powers are commonly known as ‘emerging powers’ and a common question asked today is, whether Iran can be considered an emerging power?

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy in Latin America: A Scorecard

SikhumbuzoWhen Senator Barack Obama was nominated as the 44th and first Afro-American president of the United States on 4 November, 2008, the entire region witnessed a concerted series of celebrations, heralding the birth of a new chapter of engagement in U.S.-Latin America relations. Indeed, on his first appearance at the regional stage in April 2009, at the Fifth Summit of the Americas hosted in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, President Obama effectively improved the mood in U.S.-Latin America relations by unveiling a U.S. policy toward the region that was centred on the idea of multilateralism and equal partnership. He also uttered words that connected well with the region’s leaders when he said:

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