South African Institute of International Affairs

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has a long and proud record as South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. It is an independent, non-government think-tank whose purpose is to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. It is both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public debate.

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Once cubs in captivity get too big to be stroked and cuddled by tourists, they’re sold into the canned hunting and Asian bone trade industries. Shutterstock

South Africa kicks the can down the road on captive predator breeding

While the international conservation community unites against the captive breeding of big cats in South Africa, the government stalls.
Según los últimos datos, probablemente queden menos de 400.000 elefantes de la sabana en estado salvaje en toda África. Tobkatrina / Shutterstock

Drones, un grano de arena para salvar a los elefantes

La tecnología tiene un papel vital en la recolección de datos precisos sobre la vida salvaje. Pero no es suficiente para salvar a los elefantes de África.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing. EPA-EFE/Andy Wong (Pool)

Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

Not enough credit is given to the agency African governments have in their dealings with China.
Conservationists are at loggerheads about how to save elephants from poaching. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate

Improving livelihoods by exploring alternatives to wildlife trade would help to curb the poaching of threatened species like elephants.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture

A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Malawi is a country that’s particularly vulnerable to the impact of drought and flood. Shutterstock

Africa needs to manage food, water and energy in a way that connects all three

Understanding the connections between basic food demands and accessibility to water and energy is important when it comes to climate change and its impact on agriculture and livelihoods.
Women demonstrate in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley against the export of wild animals from the Maasai Mara National Park. Reuters/Antony Gitonga

Conservation decisions must protect the livelihoods of people living in Africa

In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking. Ross Harvey

Explainer: what is CITES and why should we care?

The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.

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