It’s clear that South Africa is aligned with the Russian Federation.
Lula’s courting of – or by – China and Western powers has confounded critics. But in reality, it is a continuation of the foreign policy he pursued during his earlier term in power.
Alliances around the Ukraine war have highlighted fragmenting support for the west.
The US’s negative attitude towards BRICS reflects its own weakening global power, especially its inability to isolate Russia in Europe and to contain China’s growing influence.
France is one of a growing number of countries urging a negotiated settlement to the war mediated by China.
The government must not trample on its own laws and court decisions. Compliance with the constitution must be the priority.
South Africa’s foreign policy under Ramaphosa emphasises economic diplomacy and ‘progressive internationalism’, which promotes global equity and ending the dominance of the global north.
Studies show South Africa did a lot right when it hosted the football World Cup. Qatar can do the same if it learns from South Africa.
A UN resolution condemning the war passed with an overwhelming majority. But there is little consensus about how to cease hostilities.
Economic growth picked up significantly for both India and Pakistan after independence, but they’ve chosen very different paths since.
It’s unclear what practical purpose the drafters of South Africa’s foreign policy document envisaged it serving, and who its intended audience is.
This was the first time Russia, China and the west have come face to face since the invasion of Ukraine. It did not go well.
Hosted by Russia, the summit gave the BRICS group a chance to harmonise their approach before the G20 meeting in Riyadh.
South Africa would benefit greatly from the rich beneficiation experience of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
BRICS member countries can help global efforts to manage invasive species.
Three urgent issues at the interplay of foreign and domestic affairs will be of strategic long-term importance to South Africa and Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed South Africa to prioritising human rights and democracy. But, there’s little evidence of this.
Jair Bolsonaro has very rightwing views likely to put a final nail in the coffin off Brazil’s Africa moment spearheaded by former president Lula da Silva.
Despite a relatively slow start, South Africa can speed up its implementation of the SDGs.
Only a couple of months until the elections, the frontrunner is behind bars and the economic agenda of the next government is anyone’s guess.