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Event: The G20 Osaka Summit: Japan’s delicate balancing of diplomacy-led and development-led engagement

Japan hosted the 2019 G20 presidency centred on three key priorities: strengthening the international order for free and fair trade; establishing the Osaka Track with a focus on the Data Free Flow with Trust; and leveraging disruptive innovations to tackle global environmental challenges.

This dialogue will also focus on the TICAD7 summit to be held in Yokohama in August 2019.

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A Timely Economic Demography Lesson from China for the G20

The 2019 Japanese Presidency of the G20 has added demographics, population ageing in particular, to the list of global risks for discussion. The G20 timing could not be more pertinent: 2018 marked the first time in history that persons aged over 64 out-number children under-five; some 85% of global GDP now generated in countries that are home to newly rapidly ageing populations.

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Reviewing South Africa’s 2018 BRICS Presidency: Taking lessons forward

In 2018, South Africa hosted the BRICS chairship and 10th summit under the theme of “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. A number of actors continue to be proactive in the BRICS fora and thus engage through the following tracks of diplomacy... Download the report...

Brazil’s 2019 Chairship of the BRICS: Priorities & Expectations

This BRICS dialogue was jointly put together by the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) which we are always happy to have as a partner in these types of dialogues. There is immense interest in BRICS and the future of BRICS within South Africa and on a global scale. Download report...

A United Nations Security Council Plus: A Role for the NAM

The current landscape of international turmoil in the Middle East and South Asia, as well as in the southern Caribbean or Andean region of South America raises a number of questions about the woeful inadequacy of the global security architecture starting with a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) hobbled by the conflicted US-China-Russia triangle. Read more...


What an understatement! As the former foreign policy Mandarin during the Barack Obama administration explained, the Donald J. Trump era has reopened a number of issues that impact US grand strategy and more broadly, a western-dominated global order. From an American partisan perspective amid unprecedented polarization between Republican and Democratic Parties, the Grand Old Party foreign policy ‘thinking’ has deteriorated... Read more...

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The Institute for Global Dialogue is an independent foreign policy think tank based in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa and Africa’s global politics and diplomacy. It strives to promote a broader understanding of the role of foreign policy and diplomacy in the pursuit of national and international development goals.


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South Africa in the World 2019
Dialogue on Migrations in North and Latin America
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South Africa and Jamaica Past, Present and Future
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US Diplomacy Dialogue
30 January 2013
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South African Foreign Policy Review Volume 1
Book Launch 15 Feb
South South Cooperation Roundtable
8 February 2013
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SA's Second Tenure on the UNSC and the Emerging Powers Dimension
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The G20 Osaka Summit: Japan’s delicate balancing of diplomacy-led and development-led engagement
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The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) & The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa Cordially invite you to a dialogue titled The G20 Os... Read more...

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Unisa Centre for Latin American Studies

1. About theUnisa Centre for Latin American Studies (UCLAS)

UCLAS was established in the 1980s and became defunct in the late 2000s and Unisa has decided to revive it in response to the growing importance of understanding the Latin America and the Caribbean region in a changing global south and how this impacts on Africa. The IGD is mandated to lead the process of revitalizing the UCLAS in partnership with other stakeholders inside and outside Unisa.

UCLAS is an transdisciplinary centre of research, information and community engagementon political, economic and social/cultural dynamics inLatin America and the Caribbean in the context of the changing global south and how these impact South Africa and Africa. Its mandate is to promote scholarly research and exchanges, policy engagement, business interactions and cultural contact between South Africa/ Africa and the region.

2. Vision and Mission

UCLAS envisions itself as a sought-after repository of knowledge, insights and information on dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of the changing global south broadly as well as how these have a bearing on relations with Africa, thus contributing to the university commitment to serving humanity.

UCLAS aims to excel in producing knowledge and information on dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbeanas well as relations with Africa through the conduct of research, colloquia and other forms of community engagement, arts and culture activities, and academic collaborations.

UCLAS conducts its activities and responsibilities on the basis of the following values:

  • Excellence with integrity
  • Credibility and diligence
  • Fairness and justice

3. Strategic Objectives

The following are the strategic objectives of the UCLAS:

  1. To enhance scholarly knowledge and basic understanding of global south countries and regions through studies on Latin America and the Caribbean’s relations with Africa;
  2. To establish with research networks with counterparts in the Latin American and the Caribbeanregion in order to leverage research and discussion for better engagement between Africa and the rest of the global South;
  3. To promote a better informed interest and greater awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean region, and its relations with Africa.
  4. To become a platform for cultural and other exchanges between Africa and the region.

4. The UCLAS’ Core Activities

The centre’s core activities are divided into the following:

  1. Research into various themes relating to multilateral, regional and country issues in the Latin America and the Caribbean across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. This will include research mentoring of young researchers and scholars registered for Masters and Doctoral Studies in global south studies. Research will include fieldwork-based and commissioned research in country, comparative and multilateral research subjects; both thematic and regional studies. Some research will be contract-based and funded by clients.While a detailed research agenda will be developed over time, it would be inclusive spanning the following areas of analysis:
    1. Political dynamics concerning relations with Africa/African countries including security questions, state systems, foreign policies, state-society relations, personalities, regional integration and oceans and so forth.
    2. Economic dynamicsrelating to relations with Africa including economic development, economic models, energy and environment, trade and investment issues, ocean and economy, natural resources governance etc.
    3. Social dynamics relating to people to people relations including dynamics on civil society formations, arts and culture, language, education, health, diaspora linkages, the legacyof slavery and so forth.
  2. Publications(academic and non-academic) providing insights and ideas on the changing dynamics of peoples, communities and the region.Publications will be done both by internal experts and others in the UCLAS’ network throughout the world. The UCLAS journal, Unisa Latin American Studies Report,is the main portal for research alongside books, while briefings, seminars and conferences also produce publications.
  3. Community Engagementin the form of relationships and purposeful interactions with the diplomatic corps and other communities of the global south, bringing the university closer to them and them closer to the university. This includes exchanges and cultural events.Through these relationships and networks, we also hope to generate support for research activities and events.

5. The Journal

UCLAS uses various kinds of publications to disseminate its knowledge and information including e-publications for reflection on topical developments in this broad region from time to time.

The editorial policy of the journal lies with the editorial and advisory committees made up of experts on Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, Unisa and other stakeholders. The Head of UCLAS is the editor-in-chief of the journal guiding the substantive editor and guest editors.

6. Governance

The governance oversight of UCLASis vested in a board constituted in line with Unisa policies, which meets at least twice a year. It establishes sub-committees as and when necessary.

7. Funding

UCLAS operate on the basis of UNISA allocated seed capital, membership fees, and externally funded research.

8. Staffing

Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Dr Philani Mthembu and Mr Sikhumbuzo Zondi

9. Key Stakeholders

The key stakeholders for the centre are as follows:

  1. Academia
  2. NGOs and Civil Society
  3. Diplomatic corps
  4. Government especially the DIRCO
  5. Regional organisations and cross-Atlantic networks


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