Kenya: Kenya - Counting the Cost of Political Brinkmanship
As the dust settles on Kenya's divisive repeat elections, there is an understandable urge to move forward, to return to a sense of normalcy. Kenya is, after all, the most vibrant… Read more »
South Africa: Walking an Even Tighter Rope - a Mid-Term Budget Review
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba was unambiguous on Wednesday when he outlined the current dismal state of the South African economy during his maiden mid-term budget speech. Read more »
Africa: Brics Headed Towards New Global Era?
In the age of Western powers reorganising their priorities in the global arena, along with their diminishing relative economic and political weight, BRICS' growing influence cannot… Read more »
Africa: Has China's Global Ambitions Outgrown Brics?
Has China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) usurped Brics as China's flagship forum? And if so, what does this mean for future Brics co-operation? These are key questions leaders… Read more »
South Africa: Why Allowing the Sale of Horn Stockpiles Is a Setback for Rhinos in the Wild
A South African court has ordered the government to release a permit to the world's largest rhino breeder, John Hume. The permit will allow him to host a 3-day auction of his… Read more »
Southern Africa: Cashing in On Value Chains to Drive Growth in SADC
As the 37th SADC Summit kicks off, the longstanding question of how to best spur industrial growth and development in the region is at the top of policymakers' agendas. Greater… Read more »
Africa: The Role of African Think Tanks in a Post-Truth World
"If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu." Read more »
Africa: The Nexus Between Prosperity in the African Maritime Domain and Maritime Security
At the centre of ocean governance are the undefined concepts of 'Blue Economy' and 'maritime security'. The AU has undertaken significant work in developing policies and strategies… Read more »
Africa: Merkel Will Not Be Sidetracked By U.S. in Drive for Compact With Africa
Details about the priorities and processes that would frame and drive the compact are yet to be negotiated, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants this to be a hallmark of her… Read more »
South Africa: Cities - Engines for Inclusive Economic Development
"Our transformation will be built through economic participation, partnerships and mobilisation of all our capacities." said ex-Minister Pravin Gordhan, during his 2017/18 budget… Read more »
South Africa: Aluta Continua - The Unending Fight for Human Rights
With the passing of struggle stalwart Ahmed "Uncle Kathy" Kathrada this week, we are freshly reminded of his legacy in the anti-apartheid movement as well as that of other struggle… Read more »
South Africa: Domestic Politics Take a Toll on Foreign Policy - Fred Phaswana
The statement of the National Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, Mr Fred T Phaswana, to the Annual Meeting of the Institute's National Council: Read more »
Africa: A New Champion for Conflict Prevention: But Mindshifts Won't Come Easy
Just ten days into his tenure as United Nations' Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres chose his first formal address to the UN to be about the importance of conflict prevention and… Read more »
November 15, 2016
Tanzania: Will New Constitution Protect Women's Rights?
Tanzania's current legal framework has failed to address women's rights and gender equality due to the prolonged and continued existence of forced child marriages, killings of… Read more »
October 10, 2016
Africa: U.S. Elections 2016: View from the Continent
In the run-up to this year's presidential elections in the US, SAIIA's Chelsea Markowitz will be providing weekly updates on the key developments, with a view to how the issues at… Read more »
September 21, 2016
South Africa: Nation's Commitment to Governance Reform: An Inconvenient Truth
Partnerships between government and civil society organisations (CSOs) can be volatile if not adequately nurtured, leading to mutual suspicion and questioning each other’s… Read more »
September 15, 2016
Africa: A Tale of Two Summits
The 11th G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China closed earlier this week, focusing on the 'New' Industrial Revolution and technological changes, such as big data, robotics, and cloud… Read more »
September 06, 2016
Africa: New Life for African Governance Peer Reviews?
The African Peer Review Mechanism - the continent's home-grown governance assessment and promotion tool - seems to be slowly turning its fortunes around. Read more »
September 05, 2016
Africa: New Phase of Global Economic Governance Africa Project
DNA Economics and Tutwa Consulting are extremely pleased to be collaborating on a new project, Global Economic Governance Africa (GEG Africa), the first phase of which SAIIA… Read more »
August 29, 2016
South Africa: Corruption: A Barrier to Africa Rising
The slowdown of the African economy - due to declining Chinese demand for raw materials, unsustainable, uneven growth and the potential Brexit fallout - calls into question the… Read more »
August 15, 2016
Tanzania: How Can Nation's Global Engagement be Optimised by Magufuli?
On 25 October 2015, Tanzanians elected John Pombe Magufuli as their president - nicknamed "The Bulldozer" for his self-assertive, brash leadership style, and his ability to push… Read more »
August 02, 2016
West Africa: Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea: Establishing Law, Generating Order
SAIIA Policy Briefings 151, July 2016 Read more »
July 26, 2016
Zimbabwe: Dismantling Zimbabwe's 'Deep State'
The Zimbabwean state has provided some of the biggest lessons in humility for political analysts in this century. Its government, headed by the indomitable Robert Mugabe, has… Read more »
June 24, 2016
Africa: Uncharted Territory as the UK Opts to Exit the EU
What many political and financial analysts viewed until a day before the British referendum on a European exit as scaremongering has come to be. Read more »
June 21, 2016
South Africa: Does A #Brexit Matter?
Who would have thought that the Brexit debate's rising emotions would have reached their apogee in a horrific killing in the streets of a West Yorkshire town a week before the… Read more »
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