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by Arina Muresan | 2019-11-01 |

In the run-up to the Russia-Africa Summit, set to take place from 23-24 October 2019, in Sochi, Russia, the Institute for Global Dialogue co-hosted a round table discussion with the Embassy of the Russian Federation to South Africa and the University of Pretoria Department of Historical and Heritage Studies. The round table discussion featured: H.E. Mr Ilya Rogachev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to South Africa; Dr Philani Mthembu, Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue; Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs; and Prof Thulasizwe Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria. This report covers the presentations of the round table, as well as the key outcomes from the Russia-Africa summit.


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by Faith Mabera | 2019-10-21 |

Japan’s hosting of the 2019 G20 presidency focused on three key priorities: (i) strengthening the international order for free and fair trade; (ii) establishing the Osaka Track for global data governance with a focus on Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT); and (iii) leveraging disruptive innovations to tackle global environmental challenges.


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by Proceedings Report | 2019-09-08 |


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by Edited by Arina Muresan and Philani Mthembu | 2019-03-28 |


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by Edited by Arina Muresan and Philani Mthembu | 2019-02-20 |


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by Wayne Jumat | 2018-11-27 |

Argentina chaired the G20 presidency under the theme Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development. Emphasizing fair and sustainable growth as a pillar of development, three priorities were central under Argentina’s presidency: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. On the back of an ambitious domestic agenda, Argentina’s calendar has certainly been a loaded one, hosting 84 working group meetings, 48 Sherpa meetings, 28 finance meetings, and 7 engagement group meetings culminating with the Leaders’ Summit. Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri was also keen to utilise the G20 platform to advance the interests of the Latin American and Caribbean region and the Global South more broadly.


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by Wayne Jumat | 2018-11-27 |

Argentina’s hosting of the G20 summit in 2018 presents a significant opportunity for it to represent the needs and expectations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as a whole, as well as advancing a cohesive regional strategy of the Latin American bloc within the G20 (Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico). Historically, Latin American regional priorities have often been marginalised in G20 debates as a result of the failure of the Latin American bloc to present a well-articulated, cohesive position on key issues on the G20 agenda.


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by Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) | 2018-05-17 |

The round table, which focused on South Africa’s 2018 foreign policy agenda during the course of the year, also looked towards possible projections for 2019, and took place on the 22 February 2018 in Pretoria at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

South Africa’s 2018 foreign policy agenda is possibly its busiest since 1994. The country finds itself chairing the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) partnership and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), while it is also involved in the G20 summit. It also co-chairs the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), as well as chairing the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This provides an opportunity for the country to continue its pursuit of a developmental African and global South agenda.


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by Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) | 2018-05-17 |

Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), opened the dialogue by providing a brief review of South Africa’s diplomatic calendar for 2018, which is one of the busiest in the post-1994 era. The BRICS partnership, one of several foreign policy agenda items, has continued to evolve as it enters the beginning of its second decade. BRICS is no longer just a high-level government-to-government partnership; it has grown to include numerous tracks of diplomacy and increasingly put an emphasis on the importance of people-to-people relations through track two (think tanks and business) and track three (civil society) diplomacy.


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by Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, and South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) | 2018-05-17 |

Dr. Philani Mthembu, Executive Director at the Institute for Global Dialogue, opened the event by contextualising the day’s discussion and explained that the dialogue falls under South Africa’s second track diplomacy, whereby academic institutions, think tanks and researchers interact. South Africa pushed to have this interaction institutionalised in 2013 through its first BRICS Presidency. He then outlined that this policy dialogue will expand a number of topics that have been discussed at numerous BRICS meetings throughout the year involving the South Africa BRICS Think Tank, other research or think tank organisations, universities, civil society organisations, and government departments, such as the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).


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