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South African Institute of International Affairs

The politics of inequity – Science, transparency and travel bans

3rd December 2021 On the 25th November, scarcely hours after the South African minister of health had held a press briefing to announce that a new variant (Omicron)... 

COP26: Much Achieved, Huge Opportunities Missed

24th November 2021 Negotiations were tense at the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow,... 

Development Cooperation & SDGs: What’s at Stake?

3rd November 2021 As the second year of the pandemic grinds on and vaccination rates in parts of the developing world, especially Africa, remain low, impacting on... 


COP26: Transitioning to a green hydrogen economy in the spotlight

22nd October 2021 Moving rapidly towards a green hydrogen economy would help South Africa secure its domestic energy supply and drive economic growth through the... 

Time for South Africa to Strongly Consider Internet Voting

19th October 2021 South Africa (SA), like the rest of the democratic world, faces the dilemma of having to conduct an election during a global pandemic. The health... 

Zimbabwean civil society organisations identify critical issues for country’s APRM process

18th October 2021 The Zimbabwean Government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in February of 2020. Zimbabwe... 

Nuclear Disarmament: What the World can Learn from Africa

8th September 2021 On 22 January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Ban Treaty) entered into force. Under the Ban Treaty, states are... 

Russia’s efforts to promote cyber norms that serve its interests gain traction in Africa

26th August 2021 A proposal by Russia that the United Nations should consider a global cybercrime treaty has been adopted with the support of 30 African countries,... 

The BRICS’ Lagging Vaccine Diplomacy

23rd August 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has tested the BRICS countries’ collective strength, and found them largely wanting. The bloc has therefore missed a chance... 

How Covid-19 Undermines Democracy in Africa

20th July 2021 As the recorded number of infections in Africa edges towards the six-million mark, it has become clear that Covid-19 is not only a public health... 

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