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South African Institute of International Affairs

Is BRICS past its sell-by date?

1st October 2020 The demise of the BRICS based on its apparent incoherence has long been predicted by pundits. But as Mark Twain observed about reports of his death... 

Does Egypt need to go nuclear?

1st October 2020 Egypt's venture into nuclear power has been planned from the top down, with environmental groups and rights organisations expressing reservations,... 

China holds all the cards as pandemic pushes African countries to default on loans

1st October 2020 Governments on the continent may be forced to cede control of key assets as Beijing swops debt for equity. Covid-19 is acting as a kind of X-ray,... 


How to make the UN relevant again: Pursue a fresh approach to climate change

23rd September 2020 As the United Nations celebrates 75 years of championing safety and security, social welfare, refugee rights, and more, it risks seeing all this... 

Africa’s gathering debt storm

4th September 2020 Without rapid and vastly increased external help to weather the Covid-19 storm and ease their debt-service burden, many African economies could... 

Corruption hampers the development of South Africa’s youth

31st August 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has once again exposed the rife corruption and disregard for governance, accountability and transparency by senior... 

It is very much in SA’s interest to ‘interfere’ in Zimbabwe

11th August 2020 The fate of the neighbouring state has a profound influence on the economy of the entire region. For about 20 years SA has watched, rarely exerted... 

Nuclear developments in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic

7th August 2020 Africa’s response to COVID-19 has been boosted by nuclear-derived technology innovations and their peaceful application in the health and food... 

Not much give from China in its relationship with Africa

30th June 2020 Despite a warm African response to the recent ‘Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against Covid-19’, not much new came out of the... 

DRC president’s chief of staff convicted of corruption and embezzlement

25th June 2020 Congolese president Felix Tshisekedi’s chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, was once a close ally of Joseph Kabila, leading his election campaign in... 

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