Thursday, 21.07.2016 - Friday, 22.07.2016

Reviewing A Decade Of The EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership

In 2007, the EU-South Africa Strategic partnership was launched. Aimed at strengthening relations between the two, a number of high-level meetings took place under its rubric.

Following the economic crisis of 2008, which is reshaping internal EU country relations as well as its relations with South Africa, and the growing emphasis on South-South solidarity by the Zuma administration, the strategic partnership is increasingly under pressure.

With this relationship reaching its first decade next year, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, are undertaking a review of the strategic partnership, particularly in understanding what makes it strategic for both the EU and South Africa, and how this has evolved in practice.

Date: 21-22 July 2016
Venue: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton 2196

Keynote Address

Advocate M. Cassimjee
Director: Regional Organisations, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

Ambassador Marcus Cornaro
Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of South Africa

Given the different perspectives on how these relations are understood, this review brings together scholars from both Europe and South Africa in assessing key areas that fall within the scope of the Joint Action Plan (JAP).

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