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

In 2018, under the South African Chairship of the tenth BRICS summit, the BRICS leaders committed to; the need to safeguard and strengthen multilateralism, implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, peacekeeping cooperation, further industrial and infrastructure development in Africa, the establishment of a BRICS vaccine centre, tourism and a women’s forum. In addition, the following agreements were signed on; collaborative research on the fourth industrial revolution, a regional aviation... Read more...

Democrats in Search of a Post-Trump Foreign Policy

In this timely occasional paper authored by Mr. Francis Kornegay, he challenges members of the Democratic Party, and indeed the broader foreign policy and national security establishment in the United States (US) to begin preparations for America’s role in the world beyond the Trump Presidency. Download the full paper

Tragedy within the Tragedy: Afghanistan and the failed US approach to east-west relations

To try and understand why the end of the Cold War did not bring with it an end to east-west conflict Afghanistan is emblematic. As the current focus of international media attention, the Donald J. Trump administration’s US special envoy to the Taliban (aka Afghanistan), Zalmay Khalilzad, American of Afghan descent, is making ‘great success’ in at long last reaching a negotiated settlement with the Taliban allowing full US troop withdrawal.    Read tthe full article

A Cyril-Modi IBSA Reset?

What started out as a more or less ho-hum state visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to India, 25-26 January, had morphed into perhaps one of the most strategically consequential visits the president has made during his tenure in office. Why so?  Read the full article

A New Approach to Africa’s Maritime Security

African peace and security challenges in relation to the continent’s wider maritime scope and its interplay with external political actors receive little attention. Yet, much of the internal politics that affect peacebuilding in Africa involve interregional actors, such as Europe and the Mideast.  Read the full article

QUAD Eclipse: Sino-Japan in Delhi’s Indo-Pacific Calculus

INDIA & THE QUAD The Quadrilateral grouping of the U.S., Japan, India and Australia known as the ‘Quad’ was the thematic subject of the online FPRC Journal of the Foreign Policy Research Centre (FPRC) in New Delhi – “The QUAD: Stakes and Stakeholders.” The following commentary article was among the contributions to the FPRC 2018(3) quarterly issue. Read the full article

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Brazil’s 2019 Chairship of the BRICS: Priorities & Expectations
28 March 2019, 09h00
The Institute for Global Dialogue and the South African BRICS Think TankCordially invite you to a Symposium titled Brazil’s 2019 Chairship of the B... Read more...

Top African Court 'Powerless' to Reinstate SADC Tribunal

Top African_Court_Powerless_to_Reinstate_SADC_TribunalThe African Commission on Human and People's Rights has said it has no authority in the fight to fully reinstate the Southern African human rights Tribunal, which was suspended after ruling against Robert Mugabe. The Commission decided last year to reject a landmark challenge filed by Zimbabwean farmers and victims of the Mugabe led land grab campaign, who cited all 14 Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders in its application to have the Tribunal restored. It was the first time in legal history that a group of heads of state was cited by individuals as the respondent in an application to an international body. The Tribunal was suspended in 2011 by SADC leaders, who chose to hobble the work of the court rather than take action against Mugabe. This was after the Tribunal ruled against Mugabe in 2008 in an historic case that pitted dispossessed Zim commercial farmers against the now 90 year old despot. The human rights court ruled that Mugabe's land grab was unlawful and inherently racist, a ruling that ZANU PF and its leader actively ignored.

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