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 The Future of SA Nuclear Energy Post-123 Agreement

The Future of SA Nuclear Energy Post-123 Agreement

12th January 2024 The plant at Koeberg is the only current nuclear power station in Africa and is responsible for roughly 6% of South Africa’s total electricity... 

 East Africa Floods Highlight Urgency of COP28 Negotiations, Especially on Loss and Damage Fund

East Africa Floods Highlight Urgency of COP28 Negotiations, Especially on Loss and Damage Fund

12th December 2023 In the first days of COP28, several developed countries committed funding to the newly established Loss and Damage Fund, which has been set up to... 

 Can Mandela’s Principles Still Guide Us Today? Reflections 10 Years After His Death

Can Mandela’s Principles Still Guide Us Today? Reflections 10 Years After His Death

8th December 2023 Nelson Mandela was a complex man defined by his principled commitment to justice, equality, fairness and freedom, but also by his pragmatism and a... 

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 Seeing the Forest – and the Trees: The Global Challenge of Regulating Social Media for Democracy

Seeing the Forest – and the Trees: The Global Challenge of Regulating Social Media for Democracy

6th December 2023 The rise of social media is a phenomenon with both positive and negative implications for democracy. For regulators confronted with this... 

Safeguarding election management bodies in the age of democratic recession

Safeguarding election management bodies in the age of democratic recession

1st December 2023 The history of democracy has been one of progress as the spread of civil liberties and political rights have increased across the globe. There is... 

 SAIIA’s View on COP28: African Priorities

SAIIA’s View on COP28: African Priorities

30th November 2023 While Africa has long called for increased scale and accessibility of climate finance, these calls are now positioned within a broader effort for... 

 How to Achieve African Digital Sovereignty

How to Achieve African Digital Sovereignty

6th November 2023 The digital revolution presents Africa with an opportunity to emerge as a sovereign and innovative digital player on the global stage. India’s G20... 

 Africa is a Key Source of Critical Minerals for the Global Energy Transition — But There are Hidden Dangers

Africa is a Key Source of Critical Minerals for the Global Energy Transition — But There are Hidden Dangers

30th October 2023 The security of critical mineral supply chains is strategic for many countries due to the expected growth in demand driven by the uptake of clean... 

The Expanded Brics Can Be a Force to Be Reckoned With in Shaping a New World Energy Order

The Expanded Brics Can Be a Force to Be Reckoned With in Shaping a New World Energy Order

27th September 2023 The Brics+6, consisting of six of the world's top oil producers and four of the world's top natural gas producers, will play a key role in... 

 G20 Connect: Africa, India, South Africa and Global South

G20 Connect: Africa, India, South Africa and Global South

20th September 2023 The AU’s full participation in the G20 would increase the legitimacy of the grouping, while also providing a platform for a continent that is... 

 Preparing for the G20 Presidency in a Fraught World: Insights on South Africa’s Priorities

Preparing for the G20 Presidency in a Fraught World: Insights on South Africa’s Priorities

14th September 2023 South Africa believes, like India and other emerging economies, that the G20’s focus should be global economic governance, not politics or peace... 

G20 Should Do More on Financial Reforms to Support Africa’s Resilience

G20 Should Do More on Financial Reforms to Support Africa’s Resilience

12th September 2023 In Africa, rising debt coupled with the growing risks of climate shocks require bold policy interventions domestically and globally to enhance its... 

 The Quest for Global Influence

The Quest for Global Influence

5th September 2023 The new Brics members will add their voices to advocating for a more equitable global governance system, reforming the UN Security Council, and... 

 Beyond Bread: Ukraine-Africa Diplomacy

Beyond Bread: Ukraine-Africa Diplomacy

25th August 2023 Much has been made of Ukraine’s importance to food security. Prior to the invasion, the country was Africa’s second-largest external supplier of... 

 The Brics Local Currency Agenda has International Implications

The Brics Local Currency Agenda has International Implications

24th August 2023 Since Brics currencies’ usage in the third usage context is limited, these efforts are broadly limited to minimum bilateral intra-Brics trade... 

 Human Rights Abuses and Disinformation: Hallmarks of Wagner, other Mercenary Groups in Africa

Human Rights Abuses and Disinformation: Hallmarks of Wagner, other Mercenary Groups in Africa

15th August 2023 There has been a deafening silence from the African Union and influential states such as South Africa on the activities of Wagner on the continent.... 

 The ‘new geopolitics’ of mineral supply chains: A window of opportunity for African countries

The ‘new geopolitics’ of mineral supply chains: A window of opportunity for African countries

31st July 2023 The transitions in global mobility, digitalisation and other sectors may require different minerals as future technologies develop. Following the... 

 The Private Sector in Oceans Governance: From Talk to Action

The Private Sector in Oceans Governance: From Talk to Action

25th July 2023 There has been much talk of involving the private sector more meaningfully in ocean governance. The private sector is adopting innovations to... 

 Is #DIYAfrica the Future?

Is #DIYAfrica the Future?

14th July 2023 In the civic-driven approach, civic actors can identify and develop solutions for development gaps in their own communities and sectors of... 

 Using Africa’s Precious Civic Innovation Capacity to be Bee-Watcher-Watchering

Using Africa’s Precious Civic Innovation Capacity to be Bee-Watcher-Watchering

11th July 2023 It is important to have funding which supports local, contextualised priorities in civic tech, not just democracy and governance. In Dr Seuss’... 

 African role in G20 requires more than a seat at the table

African role in G20 requires more than a seat at the table

27th June 2023 Africa’s absence constrained its ability to provide views on major global economic issues at the G20 summits as well as ministerial and technical... 

Africa is not short on good ideas, but frequently fails to put them into practice

Africa is not short on good ideas, but frequently fails to put them into practice

6th June 2023 When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded 60 years ago on May 35, 1963, the world was in the grip of the Cold War. The British and... 

 Geopolitics, technology wars and global supply chains: Implications for Africa

Geopolitics, technology wars and global supply chains: Implications for Africa

1st June 2023 Explore this insightful article featured in Volume 30.1 of the South African Journal of International Affairs, as it assesses the impact of... 

 Understanding Moscow’s decision-making mechanisms is crucial for African policymakers

Understanding Moscow’s decision-making mechanisms is crucial for African policymakers

9th May 2023 The debate around Russia’s foreign policy in Africa has intensified in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s... 

 The African Peer Review Mechanism at 20 – good governance remains an unevenly met goal

The African Peer Review Mechanism at 20 – good governance remains an unevenly met goal

17th March 2023 The year 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the African Peer Review Mechanism. Since this good governance promotion tool was launched in March... 

 When things go boom – Why the Doomsday Clock matters to Africa

When things go boom – Why the Doomsday Clock matters to Africa

9th March 2023 The Russian invasion of Ukraine is listed as a key motivator for pushing the Doomsday Clock forward to 90 seconds. Our expert, Isabel Bosman, gives... 

 The Russian invasion of Ukraine still sends ripples into Africa

The Russian invasion of Ukraine still sends ripples into Africa

1st March 2023 One year after violent conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out, the African continent has not been spared the war's harsh effects. The 24... 

 The invasion that shook the world

The invasion that shook the world

24th February 2023 The Russian invasion of Ukraine shaken global governance. Fuel, fertilizer, and food price hikes in Africa have escalated costs of living and... 

 SA adamant it is agnostic on Russia-Ukraine war but its behaviour reveals otherwise

SA adamant it is agnostic on Russia-Ukraine war but its behaviour reveals otherwise

30th January 2023 South Africa's declarations of neutrality are wearing thin around the Russia-Ukraine war, and engaging in wargames with Moscow's military while the... 

The war in Ukraine calls for an increased African unity

The war in Ukraine calls for an increased African unity

26th January 2023 The war in Ukraine is an opportunity for African states to identify areas of agreement if they want to survive an ideological battleground, like... 

 Russia in Africa: Resurgent great power or bellicose pretender?

Russia in Africa: Resurgent great power or bellicose pretender?

14th December 2022 A review of Samuel Ramani’s forthcoming book that examines Russia's engagements in Africa for every post-Cold War Russian administration. The... 

 Key African countries to watch at COP27

Key African countries to watch at COP27

7th November 2022 African-led climate action is in the spotlight as COP27 gets underway. Countries across the continent have been progressively championing key... 

 Anticipating change – Re-thinking SADC industrial policy

Anticipating change – Re-thinking SADC industrial policy

10th October 2022 Given the shifting landscape brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and crises such as Covid-19, the SADC region has much to gain by... 

 A global rebalance?

A global rebalance?

20th September 2022 The ongoing war in Ukraine has raised questions about the BRICS’ – the bloc of major emerging economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and... 

 Relevance of a non-proliferation treaty put to the test

Relevance of a non-proliferation treaty put to the test

6th September 2022 The long-awaited 10th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons took place from August 1-26. But the four weeks... 

 The Road to COP 27: Africa’s Adaptation Finance Agenda

The Road to COP 27: Africa’s Adaptation Finance Agenda

12th August 2022 The devastating drought underway in the Horn of Africa, and floods that killed more than 400 people in April 2022 in South Africa, demonstrate the... 

 The Anatomy of Kenya’s 2022 Election

The Anatomy of Kenya’s 2022 Election

10th August 2022 Despite violence and irregularities in Kenya's previous elections since the turn of the century, there is good reason to think that this year's... 

 Green hydrogen offers a window to redefine the Africa-Australia and Africa-Australia-Europe partnerships

Green hydrogen offers a window to redefine the Africa-Australia and Africa-Australia-Europe partnerships

5th August 2022 Conflict in Europe has fast-forwarded a global race for green hydrogen. Australia was already well-placed, having already begun pursuit of... 

 Africa needs to forge a unified approach to Russia before 2023 Russia-Africa Summit

Africa needs to forge a unified approach to Russia before 2023 Russia-Africa Summit

4th August 2022 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Africa highlights the need for the development of a continental Russian strategy to avoid... 

 Industrial policy options for Southern Africa: scenarios set out possibilities and risks

Industrial policy options for Southern Africa: scenarios set out possibilities and risks

1st August 2022 There is a need to transform the underlying economic principles of the economies in Southern African countries to address the persistent challenges... 

 A Chinese port in Nigeria will change the world economy

A Chinese port in Nigeria will change the world economy

25th July 2022 In November 2010, little-known Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping gave a speech in South Africa promoting the creation of "a new type of... 

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