Strategic Dialogues
Reflection on R2P@15: growing pains, progress and prospects.

Reflection on R2P@15: growing pains, progress and prospects.

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.

An AU fit for purpose?

An AU fit for purpose?

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

Australia-China tensions: reading between the (geopolitical) lines

Australia-China tensions: reading between the (geopolitical) lines

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.

The Urbanisation of Warfare: the city as a level of analysis in contemporary warfare

The Urbanisation of Warfare: the city as a level of analysis in contemporary warfare

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

WTO reform and the crisis of multilateralism

WTO reform and the crisis of multilateralism

November 16, 2020

We are joined by Prof Faizel Ismail, Director of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance University of Cape Town, to talk about WTO reform in view of the crisis of multilateralism, and his latest book WTO reform and the crisis of multilateralism: A Developing Country Perspective

 

Illicit financial flows from Africa (IFFs): reflections on the 2020 UNCTAD report ‘Tackling Illicit Financial Flows for Sustainable Development in Africa’.

Illicit financial flows from Africa (IFFs): reflections on the 2020 UNCTAD report ‘Tackling Illicit Financial Flows for Sustainable Development in Africa’.

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.

 

Understanding Turkey’s multifaceted foreign policy in Africa

Understanding Turkey’s multifaceted foreign policy in Africa

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.

China-Africa partnership: navigating shared values and strategic interests

China-Africa partnership: navigating shared values and strategic interests

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

US-Africa Policy: Time for a Reset?

US-Africa Policy: Time for a Reset?

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

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