A paralysed G20 hinders the development agenda

The G20 is facing the same problem that became apparent during the UN Security Council on the resolutions on Ukraine: the forum is at risk of turning into a fighting ring, where great powers play out their rivalry. If this happens, the rifts between advanced economies and the developing world will deepen, just at a time […]

African countries expect concrete financing plans at COP27

Romy Chevallier, a researcher from think tank South African Institute of International Affairs, said the “African COP” should be the “implementation COP” with a clear road map on how to fund various climate policies and projects.

No more sidelines, says SA as it links Ukraine-Russia peace calls to UN reforms

Steven Gruzd and Gustavo de Carvalho, who have studied Russia’s strategic engagement in Africa for the SA Institute of International Affairs, said the time is not yet ripe for peace talks. ‘Beginning a process where there is dialogue can assist with the process, but it requires momentum where both parties believe they have more to […]

U.S. promotes democracy in Africa as rival nations expand influence

Gustavo de Carvalho, a senior researcher on Russia-Africa relations at the South African Institute of International Affairs, said African countries do not simply pick sides between the West and China or Russia, but are driven by self-interest. ‘In some instances, it’s slightly more pragmatic,’ he said.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov’s African safari was not routine

Steven Gruzd, Head of the Russia-Africa project at the South African Institute of International Affairs, agrees that Putin sent Lavrov to Africa partly as a propaganda move, but also ‘to counter the very effective public relations that president [Volodymyr] Zelensky has had on social media.’ Gruzd also believes the visit is a ‘deliberate ploy by […]