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South African Institute of International Affairs

Anticipation builds around Zimbabwe’s elections

2nd July 2018 President Emmerson Mnangagwa literally looms large above the bustling streets of Harare: his smiling face beams down from giant billboards all over... 

Environmental activism is not a whites-only issue

28th June 2018 During a conference last year, I enthusiastically attended all the sessions, from good governance to peace and reconciliation, and human rights.... 

Who leads Africa?

28th May 2018 Pan-Africanism – the liberation of Africans through regional cohesion and solidarity – has played a crucial role in shaping the continent’s... 


Strengthening Africa-Europe ties in the city of dragons

24th May 2018 Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana – with a population of just 250,000 – is symbolised by dragons and is one of the greenest cities in Europe.... 

How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate

23rd May 2018 Elephants are in an extremely precarious state in both Africa and Asia. Demand for ivory from Africa has caused significant declines in wild... 

The future is African

22nd May 2018 The African continent is unique for many reasons: our diverse landscapes, melting pot of cultures, rich biodiversity, fertile soils and vast... 

How to ensure communities living near mining activities get a better deal

9th May 2018 The South African government and the Chamber of Mines are in the process of formulating a new Mining Charter. The charter serves as a blueprint for... 

When elephants fight: will the US-China trade war hurt South Africa?

19th April 2018 When US President Donald Trump announced that he would ask Congress to impose a 25% tariff on more than 1 300 Chinese imports amounting to an... 

What China’s President Xi’s extended tenure means for Africa

11th April 2018 China’s decision to suspend presidential term limits is still reverberating around the world. The announcement, made after a vote by China’s... 

Rest in power, Mother of the Nation

6th April 2018 The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was eminently revered as the ‘Mother of our Nation’ – a courageous matriarch who fought tirelessly for a... 

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