August 5, 2021
15 years after the institutionalization of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at 2005 World Summit, it is an apt moment to take stock of R2P’s development from its endorsement at the World Summit to its status as present in a global context marked by a mix of political and normative currents and developments.
The principle of R2P stipulates that the international community has a responsibility to protect people from crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. It’s endorsement was a watershed moment for the collective will to address mass atrocities and to operationalize the mantra of ‘never again’ with reference to conscience-shocking events in Rwanda, Srebrenica and Cambodia, among other cases.
August 4, 2021
Every 25th of May we mark Africa Day to commemorate the founding of the Organisation for African Unity, which later became the African Union as the continental organisation moved to put the scourge of colonialism behind and embrace a vision of vision of a united and strong Africa, socio-economic development and the promotion of peace, security and stability.
21 years since the establishment of the AU (following the adoption of the Constitutive Act in Lome, Togo), pressing issues and questions remain about the effectiveness of the AU in fulfilling its mandate for Africans
December 16, 2020
Lauren Johnston provides us with much-needed context and nuance to understand the diplomatic tussle between China and Australia, broader geopolitical implications for the Asia-Pacific and the markings of an arguably Sinocentric world order.
December 1, 2020
We host Prof Mary Kaldor and Prof Saskia Sassen to talk about the Urbanisation of Warfare, and the complexity and unpredictability of urban armed conflict as an emerging policy and research agenda.
See also their 2020 book Cities at War Global Insecurity and Urban Resistance
October 28, 2020
We engage Edwin Ikhouria, Executive Director of the ONE Campaign,on the latest report by the UNCTAD on IFFs from Africa and the impact on African development and, more importantly, what this means for Africa’s agency in global affairs.
October 5, 2020
Sami Hamdi, Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest, helps us make sense of Turkey’s tilt towards Africa against the backdrop of the geopolitical chess game in the Eastern Mediterranean and Ankara's pursuit of strategic autonomy.
September 28, 2020
W. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development joins us to talk about China-Africa relations in a politically charged strategic context. What can we make of the ‘Shared values’ narrative at the core of partnership?
See Gyude’s opinion piece: A new Cold War is coming. Africa should not pick sides
September 10, 2020
On the inaugural episode of Strategic Dialogues, we're in conversation with Mr Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Our discussion is centred on US-Africa policy, stemming from a recently published CSIS brief titled A New U.S. Policy Framework for the African Century