Policy Briefs (34)
South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
(Policy Brief No. 24)
This policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar convened by CCR one month after the sixth BRICS summit in the Brazilian cities of Fortaleza and Brasília in July 2014. CCR's August 2014 seminar brought together about 30 key South African, BRICS, and other policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the potential for increasing the impact of the BRICS on global politics, and to develop concrete recommendations in support of South Africa's continuing engagement with the bloc. The meeting was held in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa, from 30 to 31 August 2014.
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Posted to the Web: 20 November 2014
Region-Building and Regional Integration in Africa
(Policy Brief No. 23)
This CCR policy brief emanates from a policy research seminar which convened about 30 leading practitioners, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America to consider region-building and regional integration processes in Africa; to advance African efforts to promote peace, security, and socioeconomic development on the continent; and to strengthen the capacities of institutional frameworks for intra-continental trade, including through improved coordination between the African Union (AU) and the continent's sub-regional bodies. The meeting was held in Cape Town from 28 to 30 April 2014.
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Posted to the Web: 25 September 2014
South Africa, Africa, and International Investment Agreements
(Policy Brief No. 22)
This policy brief emanates from a policy advisory group seminar which brought together about 30 policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, to assess and broaden the debate on the implications of international investment agreements (IIAs) - including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) - for development efforts in Africa. The meeting also assessed the principles that underpin these agreements, which were conceived in the immediate post-colonial era during the Cold War, and are increasingly seen by critics as being at odds with emerging economic challenges confronting developing countries. The meeting was organised by CCR and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 17 to 18 February 2014.
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Updated on the Web: 17 July 2014
Post-Apartheid South Africa's Foreign Policy After Two Decades
(Policy Brief No. 21)
This policy brief emanates from a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 28 to 30 July 2013 which convened about 50 leading practitioners, scholars, and civil society activists from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America to explore and enhance the potential leadership role that South Africa can play in promoting peace and security, as well as regional integration and development in Africa. It also focused on Tshwane's (Pretoria) interlocking bilateral and multilateral relationships on the continent and beyond.
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Posted to the Web: 21 May 2014
Towards A New Pax Africana: Making, Keeping, and Building Peace in Post-Cold War Africa
(Policy Brief No. 20)
This CCR policy brief assesses the progress being made by the African Union and Africa's regional economic communities in managing conflicts and operationalising the continent's peace and security architecture. The brief also seeks to assist these bodies in building peace in countries emerging from conflict. The policy brief is based on a policy research seminar held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 28-30 August 2013.
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Posted to the Web: 26 March 2014
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa
(Policy Brief No. 19)
The MDGs, which were signed by 189 countries, including 53 African states, in 2000, set eight benchmarks to: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development by the year 2015. This CCR policy brief which is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 13-14 May 2013 assesses critically the progress that the continent has made towards achieving the MDGs in Africa.
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Posted to the Web: 2 October 2013
Governance and Security Challenges in Post-Apartheid Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 18)
This CCR policy brief considers the key governance and security challenges facing Southern Africa, with a focus on the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region's progress towards democracy, and its peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts — particularly in Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Madagascar.
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Posted to the Web: 27 August 2013
Africa, South Africa, and the United Nations Security Architecture
(Policy Brief No. 17)
In December 2012, South Africa completed its second two-year term (2011-2012) as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, after its earlier tenure in 2007-2008. This CCR policy brief is based on a Cape Town seminar which convened about 30 leading practitioners, civil society actors, and scholars, from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States (US), to assess South Africa's current and past performance on the Security Council. The meeting took place at Erinvale Estate, Western Cape, South Africa, from 12-13 December 2012.
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Posted to the Web: 20 June 2013
The African Union at Ten: Problems, Progress, and Prospects
(Policy Brief No. 13)
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of post-independence pan-Africanism with the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in May 1963. As the golden jubilee is celebrated, this report reflects on the hopes for an "African Renaissance" embodied by the continental body's successor, the African Union (AU), and the challenges that it faces in fulfilling its role of promoting political unity, democratic governance, and economic development on the continent. This policy brief is based on a colloquium, jointly hosted by CCR and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Berlin, Germany, from 30 to 31 August 2012 in Berlin.
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Updated on the Web: 22 May 2013
South Africa in Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 16)
CCR's latest policy brief is based on a policy advisory group meeting which took place at Erinvale Estate, Western Cape, South Africa, from 19-20 November 2012. The meeting focused on seven key themes relating to regional integration in Southern Africa: the history of regionalism; peace and security; the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and South Africa's development finance institutions (DFIs); democratic governance; South Africa's sub-regional role; migration and food security; and the role of the European Union (EU) and China.
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Posted to the Web: 18 April 2013