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The BRICS Bank and the Global South

The BRICS Bank and the Global South

The idea of a BRICS development bank is now a huge bone of contention in South Africa, but the idea is pregnant with many positive possibilities provided it focuses on South-led global development.

Showdown in Zimbabwe? ‘IR’ and the Crisis of the Global Political Agreement

Showdown in Zimbabwe? ‘IR’ and the Crisis of the Global Political Agreement

After this most recent of Zimbabwe’s showdowns, its people and their allies can either take the bull by the horns or resign themselves to another spell of ‘inclusive government’ purgatory.

Populist Hatred: Homophobia and Political Elites in Africa

Populist Hatred: Homophobia and Political Elites in Africa

Despite South Africa’s constitutional protections, gays in South Africa continue to be persecuted and society remains, in general, deeply intolerant of gay sexuality.

South Africa and the BRICS: An Ingrained Ambiguity

South Africa and the BRICS: An Ingrained Ambiguity

In the inaugural post of “Throwing BRICS,” Siphamandla Zondi argues that South Africa’s dual identity is an ingrained ambiguity ensuring that the BRICS will remain a major priority in its foreign policy.

Review – Keeping a Sharp Eye

Review – Keeping a Sharp Eye

Daniel Conway reviews Peter Vale’s intriguing and entertaining overview of cartoons focused on the last century of South Africa’s troubled international relations.

Why BRICS Matters

Why BRICS Matters

Western commentators often dismiss BRICS as an acronym in search of an identity. Yet, as BRICS becomes increasingly institutionalized it is changing global discourse.

Honouring Mandela’s Legacy

Honouring Mandela’s Legacy

South Africa’s achievements rest on interdependence and an unwavering belief in constitutionalism. This is Nelson Mandela’s lasting legacy.

Whose “World Cup” is this?

As the drift of this (admittedly) curmudgeonly blog suggests, I’m keen to invest in a T-shirt which is carrying a somewhat different slogan, “FICK FUFA”!

IR and the Global South: final confessions of a schizophrenic teacher

IR and the Global South: final confessions of a schizophrenic teacher

As I’ve hacked my way through the thicket of the Great Debates these thirty-odd years past, I’ve increasingly wondered what my students must have made of my passion for ideas which appear at odds with the lives they lead – even, indeed, the countries they have come to know.

South Africa’s general election: ‘win-win’ or still a worry?

South Africa’s general election: ‘win-win’ or still a worry?

South Africa’s general election which was held on April 22 has yielded the proverbial ‘win-win’ situation for all the participants except the tiny parties, who failed to impress voters and whose futures now hang in the balance. Although this outcome-and the peaceful and well-organised poll-augur well for democracy in the former apartheid state, many still believe that the country’s fifteen year-old democracy may be in peril.

South Africa’s democracy at risk

South Africa’s democracy at risk

South Africa’s transition to democracy still captures the world’s admiration. The vitality of the democratic movement is still seen in a vibrant print and radio culture and in discussion forums, workshops and educational programmes organized by a range of civil society organizations. But now, at the time of the fourth democratic elections in April 2009, its future is threatened by powerful anti-democratic forces, and it risks succumbing to the populist authoritarianism that has captured so much of post-colonial Africa.

Migration and State-making: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa

Migration and State-making: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa

What has become of the idea of the Rainbow Nation, the triumphant trope broadcast by the irrepressible Nobel Laureate, Desmond Tutu, and in which all the country’s people, under Nelson Mandela, rejoiced?

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