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Invitation: Anti-racism colloquium
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Mar 2014

The Anti-Racism Network for Higher Education's colloquium will be hosted by the University of Pretoria on 10 April 2014.

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Seminar report-back: Stability in the South Caucasus
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 26 Mar 2014

On 25 March the Political Sciences Department hosted a seminar presented by the Republic of Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to South Africa, Elkhan Polukhov.

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Opinion:
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Mar 2014

UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier recently published a piece in Beeld on the erosion of democracy in South Africa.

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UP Political Sciences professor interviewed by German television channel
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Mar 2014

Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences and Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), was recently interviewed by German public broadcaster ZDF about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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PolSci scholarship opportunities
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Mar 2014

Jindal Global University in India has announced 50 master's scholarships for African students.

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Seminar invitation: Stability in the South Caucasus
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Mar 2014

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "Stability in the South Caucasus in light of South Africa-Azerbaijan Relations", to be presented by Ambassador Elkhan Polukhov on 25 March.

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Opinion: Russia has legitimate fears as well as territorial ambitions
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 Mar 2014

Territorial greed is as quintessentially Russian as borscht and vodka. Over the centuries, by way of conquest, occupation, colonisation and diplomacy, Russia has developed into one of the largest empires the world has seen, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier in Business Day.

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PolSci HoD delivers UP expert lecture on democracy in SA
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 11 Mar 2014

On 5 March, Professor Maxi Schoeman addressed a packed Senate Hall, delivering a lecture on “A crisis of leadership? Reflections on 20 years of democracy.”

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Opinion: A state of anomie
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 11 Mar 2014

The latest horrific acts of so-called passion killing are another signal of social decay and have provoked a wide range of responses. They reach from calls to bury killers alive to organised prayer meetings. In different ways such proposals show the inability to address the state of anomie, which mars Namibian society, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber in the Namibian.

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PolSci professor awarded Unesco-UNC Chair
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 11 Mar 2014

The Political Sciences Department is proud to announce that Lorenzo Fioramonti, associate professor in the department, has been been awarded a three-year Unesco-UNC Chair in regional integration, migration and the free movement of people at the United Nations University Institute on the Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-Cris).

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Opinion: Too much blue-sky planning hobbles SA’s foreign policy
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Mar 2014

In some respects, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation is reminiscent of the proverbial "Potemkin village": an elaborate facade but lacking substance, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier in Business Day.

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US Fulbright scholarship opportunities
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Mar 2014

Mareka Chabedi and Edward Monster will be discussing the requirements and application procedure for the Fulbright scholarship for 2015 on 27 March.

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Seminar report-back: India’s foreign policy – looking forward
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 04 Mar 2014

On 27 February the Political Sciences Department hosted a seminar on India’s foreign policy, presented by Dr Sreeram Sundar Chaulia, Professor and Executive Director of the Centre for Global Governance and Policy at the Jindal School of International Affairs of OP Jindal Global University.

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Opinion: The BRICS of collapse?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 03 Mar 2014

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South AFrica have pursued GDP growth with little or no investment in human, social and natural capital. This does not bode well for the future of the world economy, writes UP Political Sciences Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti on OpenDemocracy.

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Online publication: Measuring the Enabling Environment of Civil Society
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 03 Mar 2014

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation's (GovInn's) work on the construction of a new global index for the assessment of civil society's enabling environment has been published online by scientific journal Voluntas, ahead of print publication.

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Opinion: An ugly bedfellow
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Feb 2014

As the saying goes, one does not need enemies with friends like these. A few days ago the most damning report ever in the history of the United Nations was released. It deals with the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber in the Namibian.

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Opinion: 20 years after genocide, are Rwandans reconciling?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Feb 2014

Dr Cori Wielenga Post-doctoral Fellow in the Political Science Department, recently attended the third African Alliance for Peace Summit, held in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Seminar invitation: Indian foreign policy
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "Indian Foreign Policy: An agenda for global responsibility", to be presented by Prof Sreeram Chaulia on 27 February

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Report-back: debate on currency misalignment
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

On 19 February the Political Sciences Department hosted a roundtable debate at the University of Pretoria on the topic of currency misalignment.

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Seminar report-back: Dirco Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 25 Feb 2014

On 24 February Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, presented a seminar entitled "Twenty years of conflict resolution: lessons learned and the case of Syria".

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Podcast: The Paradox of Counting
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Feb 2014

Last August Political Sciences Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti presented a keynote address at the annual global conference for the Institute of Internal Auditors. A podcast of the address is now available online.

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Book review: How Numbers Rule the World
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Feb 2014

The London School of Economics and Political Science recently published a review of UP Political Science Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti's most recent book, How Numbers Rule the World: The use and abuse of statistics in global politics.

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Book launch: The Fall of the ANC
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 18 Feb 2014

On Thursday 12 February the Political Sciences Department hosted the launch of Political Science lecturer Dr Mzukisi Qobo and the Centre of Politics and Research’s Mr Prince Mashele’s controversially titled book, The Fall of the ANC: What next?

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Expert lecture invitation: Reflections on 20 years of democracy in SA
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Feb 2014

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria Prof Cheryl de la Rey cordially invites you to attend the 14th lecture in the UP Expert Lecture Series, "A crisis of leadership? Reflections on 20 years of democracy" to be presented by Political Sciences HOD Prof Maxi Schoeman on 5 March.

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Seminar invitation: South Africa and conflict resolution
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 17 Feb 2014

The Department of Political Sciences and Centre for Mediation in Africa invite you to a seminar entitled "20 years of South African involvement in conflict resolution: Lessons learned and the case of Syria", to be presented by Mr Ebrahim Ebrahim on 24 February.

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Seminar invitation: South Africa in 2030
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 10 Feb 2014

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "South African Futures 2030 or How Bafana Bafana could make Mandela Magic", to be presented by the ISS's Dr Jakkie Cilliers on 18 February.

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Book launch: The Fall of the ANC
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Feb 2014

The Department of Political Sciences and Picador Africa invite you to join Mr Prince Mashele and Dr Mzukisi Qobo in conversation with Eusebius McKaiser, author of Could I Vote DA? at the launch of their book on 12 February.

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Political Sciences prof on BBC
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 03 Feb 2014

Lorenzo Fioramonti, Associated Professor in the UP Department of Political Sciences, will be interviewed by the BBC Radio 4's Laurie Taylor on 5 February.

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Roundtable invitation: World Trade Organisation
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 03 Feb 2014

The Department of Political Sciences and South African Institute of International Affairs, will be hosting a roundtable on “Trade and Misaligned Currencies: Towards a WTO solution for predatory government interventions?” on 19 February.

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Seminar report: Peacemaking and human security in Africa
Sungani Phiri
Posted on 28 Jan 2014

On 24 January Dr ’Funmi Olonisakin, of King's College London, presented the Department of Political Science’s first seminar for 2014, entitled “Peacemaking and human security: Examining the conceptual relationship and questions raised for South Africa’s role in peacemaking in African conflicts.”

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Master's in Security Studies: First meeting
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Jan 2014

The first meeting of students admitted to the Master's in Security Studies (MSS) in the Department of Political Sciences will take place on 3 February 2014.

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Opinion: Another election year - plunder continues
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Jan 2014

The next Namibian elections take place towards the end of 2014. It does not require any prophetic talent to predict that Swapo will remain firmly in political power and control, writes Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber in The Namibian.

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Postgraduate Research Support Programme
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Jan 2014

The Department of Research Innovation and Support has released its 2014 Postgraduate Research Support Programme.

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Postgraduate opportunity: Peace, Security and Development fellowship
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Jan 2014

The Nairobi-based African Leadership Centre is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholars starting in September 2014.

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Seminar invitation: Peacemaking and human security in Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 20 Jan 2014

The Department of Political Sciences and the Mellon Research Group on Peace and Conflict in Africa invite you to a seminar entitled "Peacemaking and Human Security: Examining the conceptual relationship and questions raised for South Africa's role in peacemaking in African conflicts", to be presented by Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin, on Friday 24 January.

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PolSci prof releases new book
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 Jan 2014

Lorenzo Fioramonti, associate professor in the Department of Political Sciences and director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), has released a new book, How Numbers Rule the World.

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Postgraduate studies in the Department of Political Sciences
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 Jan 2014

Please note that the Department is no longer considering any postgraduate applications for 2014. All available places have been filled.

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South Africa and the Responsibility to Protect
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 17 Dec 2013

UP Political Sciences MA student Faith Mabera, together with the University of Queensland’s Professor Tim Dunne, recently published a briefing on South Africa for the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

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Opinion: Mandela's unfinished job is our job
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 Dec 2013

We have to become leaders in our own communities to drive the type of social and economic chance that Mandela was unable to achieve, writes UP Political Sciences Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti

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New publication: On the BRICS of collapse?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 Dec 2013

Emerging economies need a different developmental model, according to a paper prepared by the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, housed in the UP Department of Political Sciences.

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2014 Undergraduate studies in Political Sciences
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 09 Dec 2013

Important dates and information for undergraduate studies in Political Sciences.

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2014 Postgraduate studies in Political Sciences
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 09 Dec 2013

Important information relating to honours, master's and doctoral degree programmes in the Department of Political Sciences in 2014.

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New publication: Strategic Review for Southern Africa 35 (2)
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Dec 2013

The November 2013 issue of the Strategic Review for Southern Africa, published by the Department of Political Sciences, is available online.

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Security Council pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Dec 2013

The United Nations Security Council has paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5 December 2013.

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Department of Political Sciences pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Dec 2013

The Department of Political Sciences has learnt with great sadness of former president Nelson Mandela’s passing away.

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Mapping reconciliation processes in Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Nov 2013

After a violent conflict, governments are under pressure to engage in processes that will lead to reconciliation. Yet what reconciliation actually refers to, how it should be implemented, and how to assess its effectiveness remains a challenge, writes Dr Cori Wielenga on Kujenga Amani, the digital forum of the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council.

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Civil society index methodology designed by UP Prof
Department of Political Sciences/Departement Politieke Wetenskappe
Posted on 12 Nov 2013

The methodology for compiling a new global index of the “enabling environment of civil society” was designed by Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, Director of the University of Pretoria Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences.

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Opinion: Putin can use his moral high ground to ‘reset’ relations
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 01 Nov 2013

US president Barack Obama seems to have all but abandoned his four-year effort to "reset" the bilateral relationship with Russia, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Gerrit Olivier in Business Day.

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Invitation: Day of solidarity with the People of Palestine
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 23 Oct 2013

The Department of Political Sciences, in association with DIRCO, the UN Information Centre and the Embassy of the State of Palestine, will commemorate the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 28 November.

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Invitation: UN Day
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 23 Oct 2013

The United Nations Association of South Africa: Pretoria Chapter kindly invites you to its annual United Nations Day event on Thursday 24 October.

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Advert: Writing Centre Consultants
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 20 Oct 2013

The UP Unit for Academic Literacy is in the process of establishing a Writing Centre for the Faculty of Humanities and is calling on suitably qualified writing centre consultants to apply.

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Student exchange: Department of Political Sciences
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 03 Oct 2013

The Department of Political Sciences will be hosting an information session on the University of Pretoria-Sciences Po (Paris, France) student exchange programme for senior students on Friday 4 October.

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Passing away of Brig Gen George P H Kruys
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 02 Oct 2013

It was with great sadness that the Department of Political Sciences learnt that General Kruys, a research associate of the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, had passed away in September.

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Seminar invitation: Kenya's foreign policy
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 30 Sep 2013

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "The New Era of Kenya's Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy in Africa", to be presented by High Commissioner Patrick Wamoto on 9 October.

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Seminar paper: Challenges to the AU
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 09 Sep 2013

Dr Martin Welz, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz, recently presented a seminar entitled "The African Union and its fight against internal and external exclusion" to the Department of Political Sciences.

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Seminar invitation: The African Union
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Aug 2013

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "The African Union and its fight against internal and external exclusion", to be presented by Dr Martin Welz on 3 September.

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Seminar paper: Responsibility to Protect
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Aug 2013

On 21 August Professor Tim Dunne, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, presented a paper entitled "Distributing Duties and Counting Costs: The State of R2P after Libya and Syria" at a seminar hosted by the Department of Political Sciences.

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PolSci Dept represented at APSA Africa workshop
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 20 Aug 2013

Ms Shirley de Villiers, lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Political Sciences, was selected to attend the American Political Science Association's annual Africa workshop from 1-12 July in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Opinion: Is this African democracy?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Aug 2013

If the fraudulent elections that took place in broad daylight in Zimbabwe on 31 July were the latest valid reference point for "democracy made in Africa", we have messed up the continent’s image once again thoroughly, writes Political Science Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber in the Namibian.

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PolSci Student Spotlight
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Aug 2013

Ms Faith Mabera, master's student and programme assistant for the Department of Political Science's MDips programme, recently featured in the newsletter of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

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Lecture invitation: International Justice: Are Courts Helpful?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Aug 2013

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in cooperation with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law invites you to an exclusive lecture on the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The lecture will be held on 28 August.

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Opinion: State of denial
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Aug 2013

Migration is a conveniently ignored reality in Southern Africa. The lack of regional governance is a critical challenge, writes GovInn Research Fellow Dr Chris Nshimbi on openDemocracy.net.

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Seminar invitation: The Responsibility to Protect
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Aug 2013

The Department of Political Sciences and Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA) invite you to a seminar entitled “Distributing Duties and Counting Costs: The State of R2P after Libya and Syria”, to be presented by Professor Tim Dunne on 21 August.

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Political Sciences: New research
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Aug 2013

Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber and Research Associate Ambassador Jan Mutton have published articles in the most recent SA Foreign Policy Initiative newsletter.

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PolSci lecturer to join prestigious international panel
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Aug 2013

Lorenzo Fioramonti, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sciences and director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), has been invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to join a panel of 20 eminent economists and development experts.

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PolSci Department's internationally accredited journal available online
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Jul 2013

Thirty-five years after the publication of its first issue, the Strategic Review for Southern Africa has become an open access journal.

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Opinion: EU needs to discard one-size-fits-all approach to Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Jul 2013

Despite some muddy patches along the road, relations between South Africa and the European Union have developed into a foreign-policy success story, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier on Business Day's BD Alpha.

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PolSci student on Australian research trip
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Jul 2013

Ms Faith Mabera, MDIPS Programme Assistant, visited the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (AP-R2P) at the University of Queensland for research purposes during June.

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Seminar invitation: Migration in the UAE
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Jul 2013

The Departments of Political Sciences and Sociology invite you to a seminar entitled "In search of Arabian Pearls: Migration experiences in the United Arab Emirates", to be presented by Cawo Abdi on 26 July.


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Symposium Invitation: SA and the UN
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Jul 2013

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a symposium on the topic of South Africa in the United Nations on Friday 19 July.

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Mandela letters
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Jul 2013

During his detention in Pollsmore Prison, former President Nelson Mandela requested a publication be sent to him by the Institute for Strategic Studies, housed in the UP Department of Political Sciences.

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Invitation: Book launch
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Jul 2013

The Department of Political Sciences and University of KwaZulu-Natal Press cordially invite you to the launch of Roger Southall's Liberation Movements in Power: Party and state in Southern Africa on Friday 26 July.

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Postdoctoral opportunities: GovInn
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Jun 2013

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria is currently seeking to fill two two-year postdoctoral positions.

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Seminar: Philippine foreign policy and its implications in Southern Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Jun 2013

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey and the Ambassador of the Philippines, HE Mr Constancio R Vingno, Jr, cordially invite you to a seminar on Philippine Foreign Policy hosted by the University of Pretoria in collaboration with the Embassy of the Philippines.

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Europe and China in Africa: Common interests and/or different approaches
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Jun 2013

UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Henning Melber, recently published a paper for the Institute of Security and Development Policy's Asia Papers series.

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Political Science examination script perusal
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 14 Jun 2013

Political Science students will have an opportunity to peruse their examination scripts on Tuesday 25 June 2013.

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Opinion: SA is not the ‘influential global player’ it thinks it is
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 12 Jun 2013

Most government leaders have little or no foreign-policy experience when they take office. Yet, once elected, they develop a sudden predilection for foreign policy, mostly at the cost of domestic policy. Most of them end up as failures both abroad and at home, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Gerrit Olivier, in Business Day.

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Political Science students on the move
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 04 Jun 2013

Taymoon Altamash and Tamara Naidoo, Political Science students and members of the United Nations Association of South Africa’s Pretoria Chapter, have been selected to represent the country abroad during the July recess.

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Model United Nations: Call for debaters
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 30 May 2013

The Model United Nations South African University Conference will be hosted by the University of Pretoria Chapter of the United Nations Association of South Africa and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on 11 and 12 July 2013.

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Seminar invitation: Malvinas/Falkland Islands
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 27 May 2013

The Department of Political Sciences,South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
and the Embassy of Argentina in South Africa invite you to a seminar entitled "The Question of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands: Sovereignty Titles and the Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts", to be presented by Marcelo Gustavo Kohen on 4 June.

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Launch of Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 27 May 2013

The research institution, housed in the Department of Political Sciences, was officially launched on Monday 20 May 2013.

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Opinion: Russia ‘rediscovers’ Africa after a decade of neglect
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 20 May 2013

In contrast with the Soviet past, Russia is entering Africa without the driving force of an ideological obsession, writes Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier in Business Day.


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PolSci tutor selected for International Scholar Laureate Programme
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 20 May 2013

Ms Iris Nxumalo, a third-year student and tutor in the Department of Political Sciences, has been selected as part of the International Relations and Diplomacy Delegation to attend the ISLP programme in China in June.

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Invitation: Model United Nations Debate
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 17 May 2013

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to its annual Model United Nations Debate on Wednesday 22 May.

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Seminar invitation: The future of governance
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 17 May 2013

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Department of Political Sciences invite you to a seminar entitled "The future of governance: Why we need a holistic approach in the age of uncertainty, to be presented by Claudius Van Wyk on 28 May 2013.

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Official launch: Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 May 2013

GovInn, the first research institution focusing on governance innovation in a world in crisis, invites you to its official launch on Monday 20 May 2013.


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International conference: Building regions from below - Civil Society and Supranational Governance in Times of Crisis
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 May 2013

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is proud to host Governance Innovation Week, a series of events running from the 20 to 24 May at the University of Pretoria.

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Roundtable: The role of cities in global governance
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 May 2013

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is proud to invite you to a roundtable with the Executive Mayor of Pretoria, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, on Tuesday 21 May.

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Political Sciences in the news
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 13 May 2013

Political Sciences Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti will be interviewed by Bruce Whitfield on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk on Monday 13 May.

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Postgraduate workshop on supervision
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 10 May 2013

The Graduate Support Hub, in collaboration with The Department of Research and Innovation Support, cordially invite UP Masters and Doctoral postgraduates to attend a workshop on postgraduate supervision.

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South Africa: Facing the challenges of the global economy
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 10 May 2013

The Department of Political Sciences and South African Institute of International Affairs hosted the IMF's First Deputy Managing Director, Mr David Lipton, at a seminar on South Africa and the global economy on 8 May.

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Invitation: Africa Day
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 08 May 2013

The African Union Student Alliance invites you to join its Africa Day celebration on 28 May.

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Political Sciences news
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 07 May 2013

Goings-on in the Department of Political Sciences.

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Funding opportunities
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 07 May 2013

The National Research Foundation will be hosting two information sessions on postgraduate funding opportunities for 2014 on 13 May.

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Seminar invitation: The rule of law at home and abroad: Reflections (not only) on South(ern) Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 May 2013

Henning Melber, Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences and Director Emeritus/Senior Adviser of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala, will be presenting a seminar as part of the Faculty of Humanities Seminar Series on Friday 17 May 2013.

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Opinion: SA has all the elements to make a great country
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Apr 2013

If you remove the ANC from power, we may rediscover our greatness as a nation, writes Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Public lecture by Reverend Jesse L Jackson
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Apr 2013

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, Institute for Global Dialogue and the Embassy of the United States of America (Pretoria) cordially invite you to a lecture on "Building an Inclusive Economy" on 29 April 2013.

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Political Science Department co-hosts economic governance workshop
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Apr 2013

The Political Sciences Department, together with the UP Law Faculty and South African Institute of International Affairs, hosted the Global Economic Governance Capacity Building Workshop from 8 to 19 April 2013.

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Political Sciences students graduate
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Apr 2013

The Department of Political Sciences congratulates all its students who received their degrees during the April graduation ceremonies.

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Opinion: Agang has chance to make inroads in electorate
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Apr 2013

Quality of leaders and clarity of party’s vision are factors that will determine its viability in the long run, writes Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: How to re-engineer government so it works
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 12 Apr 2013

SA’s deepening socioeconomic crisis requires a public service that can act intelligently and quickly, writes Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Political Sciences professor wins prestigious award
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 12 Apr 2013

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns recently awarded the 2013 Stals Prize for Political Science to UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Gerrit Olivier.

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Opinion: The truth must emerge from the fog of war
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 11 Apr 2013

What were South African troops doing in central Africa, asks Political Sciences lecturer Roland Henwood in the Sunday Times.

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Opinion: Ideological strife puts NDP at risk
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Apr 2013

A constraining factor to credible government policy goals has been ideological contests, writes UP Politial Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: South Africa is relinquishing the moral authority of Mandela’s era
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Apr 2013

A significant aspect of the government’s foreign policy is the shift since 1994 from idealism to a mixture of realism and pretentious morality, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier in Business Day.

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Political Sciences in the news
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 02 Apr 2013

Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, from the Political Sciences department, was recently interviewed by the United Nations University about his book, Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number.

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Opinion: China, BRICS And Africa: Who Really Benefits?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 02 Apr 2013

The UN's Human Development Report assumes competition for Africa's wealth could provide an opportunity for development. But discussion of new competition for African resources points to both risks and opportunities, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber in the Namibian.

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Opinion: Will Brics Summit make a difference?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Mar 2013

SA needs broader emerging-economy strategy within which its Brics endeavours are realised, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Brics party will soon be over
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Mar 2013

As the Brics summit approaches, there are some lingering questions that nobody seems willing to ask, especially in South Africa, where Brics euphoria has captured most analysts and commentators, writes Political Sciences lecturer Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti in Business Report.

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Call for papers: Strategic Review for Southern Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 12 Mar 2013

The Strategic Review for Southern Africa engages in strategic and political analysis of socio-political developments that impact Southern Africa. The journal seeks to establish a multi-disciplinary forum, where plural and open-minded interaction can transcend purely academic debate, to reach out to wider audiences and involve as many stakeholders as possible in the policy and civil society communities.

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Opinion: Less talk, more action in reforming public service
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 08 Mar 2013

The underperformance of our public service is a major factor inhibiting South Africa’s socioeconomic progress, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Passing away of Prof Marie Muller
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 07 Mar 2013

It is with deep regret and sadness that we learnt about Prof Marie Muller's passing away on 4 March 2013.

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Opinion: Rethinking SA’s transition
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Mar 2013

Without a Mandela the CODESA Accord became a recipe for the dictatorship of the majority, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier on News24.

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Opinion: The Kenyan election and political double talk
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 04 Mar 2013

There is a large gulf between the rhetoric of the presidential candidates and the reality of politics in Kenya, writes UP Research Fellow Professor Abdi Samatar on AlJazeera.

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Seminar invitation: Peace and state-building
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 04 Mar 2013

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "Reframing the narratives of peace and state-building: The role of political settlements", to be presented by Dr Funmi Olonisakin on 6 March.

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Opinion: Gordhan’s budget and SA’s leadership challenge
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 01 Mar 2013

When President Jacob Zuma stood before Parliament last month to set the tone for the year ahead, the backdrop was that of a very low national mood. There was a similar backdrop for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar invitation: Governance of migration
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 01 Mar 2013

The Department of Political Sciences and Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation invite you to a seminar entitled “The institutional governance of migration in Southern Africa: policy frameworks for regional labour migration towards South Africa”, to be presented by Dr Christopher C Nshimbi on 5 March.

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Launch: African Union Student Alliance
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Feb 2013

The African Union Student Alliance invites you to the official launch of this student-led initiative on Tuesday 12 March.

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UP Political Sciences in the news
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Feb 2013

The Department of Political Science's Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti was recently interviewed on Summit TV's Business Report and for German newspaper Der Freitag.

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Political Sciences professor awarded Van Zyl Slabbert Chair
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Feb 2013

UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber was recently awarded the Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professorship in Politics and Sociology at the University of Cape Town.

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Opinion: Pitfalls, challenges ahead for Ramphele
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Feb 2013

Mamphela Ramphele’s kind of experiment is what South Africa needs to realign its politics, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day colunist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Public dialogue: The SADC Tribunal
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Feb 2013

The Department of Political Sciences and South African Foreign Policy Initiative invite you to a public dialogue entitled: "The SADC Tribunal: Removing the Scales of Justice?" on 1 March 2013.

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Opinion: Restore trust in public leadership
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 15 Feb 2013

Seek leaders who recognise the meaning of public trust and value substantive legitimacy, writes UP Political Sciences lectuere and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: German-Namibian relations remain fragile
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 15 Feb 2013

In the absence of any significant sign of remorse, which could be considered as honest insight into historical injustices, German-Namibian relations will remain a precarious affair, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Henning Melber.

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UP Political Sciences in the news
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 11 Feb 2013

Political Sciences lecturer Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti was recently interviewed by international news agency Reuters and the BBC on gross domestic product as a measure of economic progress.

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Opinion: Build a better bridge between business and state
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 11 Feb 2013

Big business demonstrates little social consciousness beyond piecemeal corporate social responsibility efforts, writes UP Political Sciences lectuere and <i>Business Day</i> colunnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Will Ramphele change the political landscape?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 01 Feb 2013

Most black South Africans still have allegiance to the ANC as the party that supposedly liberated them, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Are South Africans willy-nilly captives of a wayward ANC government?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 28 Jan 2013

South Africa is not yet a "mature" political system - hence the distored party political dispensation, writes UP Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier on News24.

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Opinion: "Transactional leadership" puts South Africa’s future at risk
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Jan 2013

Zuma is SA’s Boris Yeltsin and his presidency is a potential security threat for the country, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Cancellation: Conflict resolution seminar
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Jan 2013

The 5 February seminar on "The Question of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands: Sovereignty Titles and the Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts", to be presented by Marcelo Gustavo has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Research: Global leadership
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Jan 2013

Political Sciences HoD Professor Maxi Schoeman and research associate Dr Chris Alden recently published an article on South Africa's role in a changing global order in International Affairs.

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2013 Postgraduate studies in Political Sciences
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 10 Dec 2012

Important information and dates for postgraduate students studying in the Department of Political Sciences in 2013.

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2013 Undergraduate studies in Political Sciences
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 10 Dec 2012

Important information and dates for students studying in the Department of Political Sciences in 2013.

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Opinion: Liberation values timeless, not exceptional
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 30 Nov 2012

Mac Maharaj has allowed himself to be reduced to a spin doctor for a chaotic leadership, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: Sino-African relations
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 27 Nov 2012

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "Is China's foreign assistance mutually beneficial? A Sino-Africa trade test", to be presented by Cuizhen Zhang on 4 December.

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Africa Yearbook to receive Conover-Porter Award
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Nov 2012

The prize will be awarded to the annual volume, edited by Andreas Mehler, Klaas van Walraven and UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber, in Philadelphia on 29 November 2012.

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Opinion: Accountability should not be an optional extra
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 23 Nov 2012

Complete dysfunction will not announce itself with a knock on the door but we may very well be nearing that point, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Lecture: Green economy
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Nov 2012

Simon Zadek, research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, recently presented a lecture at Unisa on shaping a green political economy.

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Opinion: Pillars of change extend beyond ANC
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Nov 2012

We need to reflect deeply on the pillars required to build an enduring future, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: The future of the EU
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 09 Nov 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invite you to a seminar entitled "Rise or Fall? The future of the European Union", to be presented by Dr Fraser Cameron on 23 November.

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Opinion: New political party needed to secure SA’s future
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 09 Nov 2012

It is doubtful that the DA will eventually become a juggernaut that crushes the ANC, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar invitation: Global summitry
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Nov 2012

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "The meaning and consequences of global summitry", to be presented by Alan Alexandroff on 9 November 2012.

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How the DA can reconstruct opposition politics
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 02 Nov 2012

The DA needs to overcome the perception that it is a party that panders to the core constituency, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar invitation: The US presidential election
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 02 Nov 2012

The Department of Politial Sciences cordially invites you to "The US Presidential Election - A Conversation with the US Embassy" on Tuesday 6 November.

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Prof Schoeman joins ISS board
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 29 Oct 2012

Political Sciences Head of Department, Professor Maxi Schoeman, joined the Institute for Security Studies Board of Trustees in August.

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Seminar: G20
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Oct 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation invite you to a seminar entitled "The G20: Looking to the Future" on 1 November.

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Research funding: Humanities
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 24 Oct 2012

Research funding notices, upcoming conferences and funding opportunities in the Humanities.

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Seminar series: Prof Tariq Ramadan
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Oct 2012

The Department of Political Sciences will be hosting Oxford academic Professor Tariq Ramadan from 29 to 31 October and cordially invites you to attend his seminars.

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Venue change: Islam and democracy seminar
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Oct 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and Faculty of Theology invite you to a seminar entitled "Are Islam and Sharia’h compatible with democracy?" to be presented by Prof Tariq Ramadan on 30 October.

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Internships: Consultancy Africa Intelligence
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Oct 2012

Consultancy Africa Intelligence is calling for applications for its web-based internship programme, which begins in January 2013.

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Opinion: SA has grim realities in store after Mangaung
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 19 Oct 2012

If efforts to build the foundations of alternative government aren't accelerated, SA's post-Mangaung future looks bleak, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: EU snub shows ideology trumps national interest
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Oct 2012

The economic diplomacy of which the Department of International Relations and Co-operation speaks seems to be more of aspiration than reality, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor Gerrit Olivier.

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Opinion: Voting for another party is the first step to change
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 12 Oct 2012

Active citizenship and the exploration of political alternatives is central to democracy, writes UP political sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: Tripartite alliance
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 10 Oct 2012

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled "The Cosatu conference: Microcosm of a deeper crisis in the ANC-led tripartite alliance?" to be presented by Mr Prince Mashele on 19 October.

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Opinion: Public service should not induce fear and loathing
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 28 Sep 2012

As long as private agencies and middlemen proliferate, it will be a sign of a lack of vitality in our public services, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: Protecting the right to life of journalists
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 28 Sep 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and the Journalism Programme invite you to a seminar entitled "Protecting the right to life of journalists: ensuring a higher level of attention", to be presented by Prof Christof Heyns on 16 October 2012.

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Paper: Somalia's elections
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Sep 2012

On 21 September, Prof Abdi Samatar presented a paper entitled "The Somali ‘election’: Can an illegitimate election produce a legitimate government?" at an event hosted by the departments of Political Sciences and Sociology.

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Opinion: SA should trim excess fat from many embassies
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 21 Sep 2012

For a middle-income country with deep-seated economic challenges, it is difficult to justify the expense of South Africa’s large diplomatic presence, with embassies costing $10m-$15m a year to run, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: The Somali elections
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Sep 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and The Department of Sociology invite you to a seminar entitled “The Somali ‘election’: Can an illegitimate election produce a legitimate government?” to be presented by Prof Abdi Samatar on 21 September 2012.

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Seminar: Civil society global capability index
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Sep 2012

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar entitled “Measuring civil society’s enabling environment: A global capability index” to be presented by Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti and Ms Olga Kononykhina on 25 September 2012.

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Opinion: SA must push to make BRICS work for Africa
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 14 Sep 2012

In hosting the BRICS summit next year South Africa should give weighty consideration to pushing hard to make the group matter for the country’s and the continent’s development, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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DIRCO Minister visits UP
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 12 Sep 2012

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addressed UP staff and students, and members of the diplomatic community at the University of Pretoria on Tuesday 11 September 2012.

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Opinion: How to make progress
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 07 Sep 2012

We need unity of purpose between business and government, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and <i>Business Day</i> columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: ANC centenary
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 06 Sep 2012

The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences invite you to a seminar entitled "Commemorating the ANC at 100: Writing, Remembering and Gendering" on Wednesday 26 September 2012.

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Public seminar: South Africa's foreign policy
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 05 Sep 2012

The Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, invites you to a seminar on the topic "A Vision for South African Foreign Policy: Now and Beyond", to be presented by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on 11 September 2012.

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Opinion: Who will take power from the ANC - and how?
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 31 Aug 2012

South Africa lacks an alternative political party at a time when the political climate is ripe for such a prospect, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Public seminar: Zwelinzima Vavi
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 30 Aug 2012

The Department of Political Sciences, Xstrata and The Sowetan invite you to a seminar on the topic of "Siege or Rescue? Workers, the unemployed, business and politicians in contemporary South Africa", to be presented by Mr Zwelinzima Vavi on 6 September 2012.

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Seminar: Governance and water security
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 30 Aug 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs invite you to a seminar on the topic of "Governance and Politics in Quaternaries A63E and A71L in the upper Limpopo River Basin, South Africa", to be presented by Dr Richard Meissner on 11 September 2012.

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Political Science lecturers awarded R2m grant
Department of Political Sciences/Departement Politieke Wetenskappe
Posted on 23 Aug 2012

Professors Maxi Schoeman and Lorenzo Fioramonti at the Department of Political Sciences were recently awarded a three-year research grant by the European Union as part of the internationally renowned Framework Programme 7.

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Opinion: Western states are the real threat to free markets
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 17 Aug 2012

It would give the ANC too much credit to claim that SA is shifting towards state capitalism, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Save the SADC Tribunal
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 17 Aug 2012

It would be a major setback for the international credibility of SADC if national sovereignty of member states were allowed to undermine the role of its Tribunal, rights UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Henning Melber.

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Opinion: So-called Chinese alternative is a myth
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 17 Aug 2012

Some in Africa view China as a welcome alternative to Western dominance, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer Prince Mashele.

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Invitation: Interfaculty Model United Nations debate
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Aug 2012

The United Nations Association of South Africa (Pretoria Chapter) invites you to its final Model United Nations debate of the year on 25 August 2012.

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Opinion: The many pitfalls of the DA’s growth strategy
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo assesses the DA’s Plan for Growth and Jobs.

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Opinion: SA needs leadership, not new economic policies
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 03 Aug 2012

The recent hype generated by the Democratic Alliance (DA) about its new growth strategy is an attempt to mask the party’s inability to elevate its message beyond rhetoric and project itself as a political force that can turn the tide of politics in SA, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: AU chairmanship could damage SA’s credibility
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 27 Jul 2012

Contesting the AU Commission chair may turn out to be one of the biggest blunders in South Africa’s foreign policy, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Political Sciences lecturers awarded R800 000 grant
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 26 Jul 2012

Professors Maxi Schoeman and Lorenzo Fioramonti were recently awarded a Volkswagen Foundation research fund as part of a cooperation project with the University of Tubingen, Germany.

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Student Seminar: Electoral violence in Nigeria
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 26 Jul 2012

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to a student seminar analysing the 2003 and 2007 electoral violence in Nigeria, to be presented by Mr Aondowase Nyam.

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Opinion: Is nonracialism still a dream worth pursuing?
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 20 Jul 2012

Non racialism offers a convenient veil to cover inequalities that retain a strong racial dimension, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Time for undemocratic Nedlac to shut up shop
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 13 Jul 2012

The common thread that unites narrow business interests and unionists is their disregard for competitiveness, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Maybe ANC is not yet ready to govern, after all
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 06 Jul 2012

The policy conference amply demonstrated the inability of the ANC to rise to the task of governing, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Public Seminar: Freedom of Expression: How far has Africa progressed?
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 04 Jul 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, in association with
Xstrata and The Sunday Independent is hosting a public seminar on freedom of expression, to be presented by Advocate Pansy Tlakula, on Thursday, 26 July 2012.

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Opinion: How optimists make us unwilling to face truth
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 29 Jun 2012

We should reject metaphors such as "the glass is half full" when we could have it full to the brim. We must watch vigilantly that its contents do not diminish, writes UP Political sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: On the rule of law
Henning Melber
Posted on 28 Jun 2012

The rule of law ought to be at the heart of the social contract between a state and the individuals under its jurisdiction to ensure that justice permeates society at every level, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Henning Melber.

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UP Postdoc Fellow receives peace award
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 28 Jun 2012

In June Dr Cori Wielenga, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Sciences, was a co-recipient of the Global Peace Award from the International Public Policy Institute.

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Opinion: Good ANC leaders must rebel or leave the party
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 22 Jun 2012

Kgalema Motlanthe, Trevor Manuel and Tokyo Sexwale are leaders who have the power to do something meaningful, but are not using it, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Why are the middle classes so politically passive?
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 15 Jun 2012

Since we have happily ceded power to politicians, we have learned to become powerless by choice, writes UP Politial Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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UP-Australia diplomat training initiative in the news
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 11 Jun 2012

On 6 June 2012 the Pretoria News reported on a diplomat training course, funded by the Australian government and presented in partnership with the University of Pretoria, that will train 290 African participants from 40 countries.

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Opinion: ANC’s demise should begin in our consciousness
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 08 Jun 2012

The reality is that the ANC established its credibility on the back of power borrowed from the people, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Time to explore political life beyond the ANC
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 01 Jun 2012

It is necessary that the ANC suffers a huge electoral defeat and is confined permanently to the political margins, writes UP Political Sciences Lecturer and Business Day Columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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UP Political Sciences lecturer among top SA analysts
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 30 May 2012

University of Pretoria Political Sciences lecturer Prince Mashele was recently ranked second Political Trends/Industrial Relations analyst in South Africa in the annual “Ranking the Analysts” Financial Mail supplement.

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Political Sciences Lecturer appointed to TTJ & S Advisory Position
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 30 May 2012

Mr Ismaeel Samaai, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences, has been appointed Co-faculty Advisor of the Top Tuks Junior/Senior Leadership Development and SIFE UP Programme.

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Seminar: The United Nations and Africa
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 30 May 2012

The Department of Political Sciences, The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, University of Pretoria, and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation invite you to a seminar on the topic of "The United Nations and Africa: Collaboration under normative frameworks for security and development", to be held on Wednesday, 13 June 2012.

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Political Sciences Lecturer appointed Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 28 May 2012

Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences, was recently named Associate Research Fellow of the United Nations University's Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

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Opinion: Factions and ANC Culture will Shackle new Chief
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 25 May 2012

The real failure is the current political order associated with the ANC. It has failed to fix governance and to create conditions for national economic success, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Public seminar: Minister Trevor Manuel on South Africa’s future
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 21 May 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs at the University of Pretoria is hosting a seminar on a planned future for South Africa, to be presented by Minister Trevor Manuel on Monday, 4 June 2012.

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Opinion: The State of the State
Henning Melber
Posted on 21 May 2012

To a large extent, social development depends on resources, including human potential and capacity. But political will and governance matter too. The state must do more than allow markets to operate, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Henning Melber.

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Opinion: Is the G-8 Still Relevant in the Global Economy?
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 18 May 2012

While the G-8’s visibility in global affairs has waned in recent years, it remains a powerful actor and continues to command influence in key areas, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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SA Foreign Policy: An Assessment of the Draft White Paper and the ANC's Policy Document on International Relations
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 18 May 2012

A proper review of South Africa's foreign policy is long overdue, writes Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Invitation: Model United Nations Debate
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 16 May 2012

The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to its annual Model United Nations Debate on Wednesday, 23 May 2012.

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Seminar: China and the Singapore Model
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 14 May 2012

The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria invites you to a seminar on the topic of "Avoiding the Modernisation Trap: China and the Singapore Model", to be presented by Prof Mark Thompson on 18 May 2012.

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Opinion: ANC Must Rid Itself of Last Vestiges of Mbeki Era
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 11 May 2012

The seeds of disintegration of public leadership and the frightening shadow of insecurity that is cast upon the nation were sown in Thabo Mbeki’s era. President Jacob Zuma merely picked up where his predecessor left off, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: It's not the Chinese, stupid!
Henning Melber
Posted on 09 May 2012

Social development is to a large extent a matter of resources (including human potential and capacity). But political will and governance are important ingredients too. So are the social formations and dynamics at play, writes UP Political Sciences Extraordinary Professor, Henning Melber.

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Opinion: See Mbeki’s Legacy in the Proper Light
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 04 May 2012

Much of South Africa’s sweat was for international recognition rather than to enhance South Africa’s national prosperity, writes UP Political Sciences Lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Seminar: Deliberative Democracy and Literary Theory
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 02 May 2012

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a staff seminar on "Deliberative Democracy and Literary Theory: Doing Justice to the 'Other'", to be presented by Dr Gerhard Wolmarans on Friday 11 May 2012.

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Prof Schoeman appointed founding member of African Peace Building Network
Dept Political Sciences/Politieke Wetenskappe
Posted on 25 Apr 2012

Professor Maxi Schoeman, Head of the Department of Politics, was invited by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in the United States to become a founding member of the Advisory Board to the African Peace Building Network (APN).

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Opening Address: Regional Governance of Migration and Social Policy
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 24 Apr 2012

Richard Young, Head of Development Cooperation for the EU Delegation to South Africa, delivered the opening address at the recent conference on "Regional Governance of Migration and Social Policy: Comparing European and African regional integration policies and practices", hosted by the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria on 19 and 20 April 2010.

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Seminar: Rising Powers and Emerging World Orders?
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 23 Apr 2012

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a staff seminar on "Rising Powers and Emerging World Orders?", to be presented by Dr Mzukisi Qobo on 3 May 2012.

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Opinion: SA is in Dire Need of a Different Kind of Politics
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 20 Apr 2012

The ANC is not alone in its leadership deficiency. The DA has also failed to offer transformational leadership, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Keynote Address: Multilateralism in the 21st Century
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 20 Apr 2012

Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, SA envoy to the Great Lakes region and President Zuma's advisor on security issues, presented the keynote address at the recent symposium on “Multilateralism in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Africa, Europe and Asia”. The event was hosted by the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria on 17 and 18 April 2012.

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Report: Water Research - Working Across the Disciplines
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 20 Apr 2012

On World Water Day (22 March 2012), the Institute of Strategic and Political Affairs, together with the University of Pretoria Water Institute, hosted a roundtable discussion on water research.

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Seminar: Coup d’etat in Mali
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 19 Apr 2012

The University of Pretoria's Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar on the topic of "The recent coup d’etat in Mali and its implications for the region", to be presented by Ambassador Hannes Spies on Tuesday 24 April 2012.

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Opinion: Treatment of Khoza Betrays ANC’s Insecurity
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 13 Apr 2012

SA’s business leaders should speak up more. Their responsibility extends beyond making profits to grappling with complex social issues as well as giving politicians a run for taxpayers’ money, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day Columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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International Symposium: Multilateralism in the 21st Century
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 10 Apr 2012

The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria is hosting a symposium on "Multilateralism in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Africa, Europe and Asia", on 17-18 April 2012.

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International Conference: Regional Governance of Migration and Social Policy
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 10 Apr 2012

The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria will be hosting a conference on "Regional Governance of Migration and Social Policy: Comparing European and African regional integration policies and practices", on 19-20 April 2012.

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Public Seminar: Apartheid or democracy? The Palestinian experience in Israel
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 05 Apr 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and the Afro-Middle East Centre are hosting a seminar on the topic: “Apartheid or democracy? The Palestinian experience in Israel”. The seminar will take place on 16 April and will be presented by Haneen Zoabi.

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Opinion: Corruption is a Major Threat to the Rise of Brics
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 30 Mar 2012

If Brics countries are to maximise their potential as global leaders, they should demonstrate seriousness in tackling corruption, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: Party Ideologues Call Shots on SA Foreign Policy
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 23 Mar 2012

SA's policy must be in tune with the changing realities in Africa and the needs of South African companies, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist, Dr Mzukisi Qobo.

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Opinion: ANC’s Options are Stark: Modernise or Perish
Mzukisi Qobo
Posted on 20 Mar 2012

The ANC needs to understand that it is no longer a freedom-struggle movement but a governing institution that needs to serve the interests of broader society, writes UP Political Sciences lecturer and Business Day columnist, Mzukisi Qobo.

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Roundtable: Water Research: Working Across the Disciplines
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 29 Feb 2012

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs and the UP Water Institute at the University of Pretoria will be hosting a roundtable discussion on "Water Research: Working Across the Disciplines" on 22 March 2012. Ms Eiman Karar, Director: Water Resource Management, Water Research Commission, will lead the discussion.

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Student Seminar: South Africa - New Player in an Old Game?
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 27 Feb 2012

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to the first presentation in its student seminar series for 2012. On 29 February, Michal Onderco will deliver a paper on South Africa and the norm of nuclear non-proliferation.

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Invitation: DIRCO Career Fair
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 27 Feb 2012

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation's 2012 Career Fair will be held in Rietondale on 19 and 20 March 2012.

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Seminar: Threats to Security and Access to Information: Sweden's Approach
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 27 Feb 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs invite you to a seminar on the topic of "Threats to Security and Access to Information: Sweden’s Approach", to be presented by Mr Peter Eriksson on 8 March 2012.

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Report: SA's Second Term on the UN Security Council
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 20 Feb 2012

The final report for a project monitoring South Africa's second term on the UN Security Council is available on the Department of Political Sciences' website. The project, a collaboration between the Department of Political Sciences and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, was sponsored by the Open Society Foundation of South Africa.

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Political Sciences Seminar: Global Futures 2030
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 10 Feb 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs invite you to a seminar on "Gobal Trends 2030" on Friday 17 February 2012. Speakers include Prof Barry B Hughes, from the Frederick S Pardee Center for International Futures, and Dr Jakkie Cilliers and Ms Erin Torkelson, from the Institute for Security Studies.

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Roundtable Discussion: SA-Iran Relations
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 09 Feb 2012

The Department of Political Sciences and Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs invite you to a roundtable discussion on South Africa-Iran relations, to be addressed by Mr Ahmed I Samaai, on 10 February 2012.

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2012 Student Registration
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 23 Jan 2012

Important dates and information for senior undergraduate, honours and master's students in the Department of Political Sciences for 2012.

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Postdoctoral Opportunity: Regional Integration, Migration and Social Protection
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 17 Nov 2011

In the context of a programme of cooperation between the United Nations Centre for Regional Integration Studies (UNUCRIS), Bruges, Belgium, and the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, a postdoctoral opportunity has arisen for a young researcher to work on an aspect of the relationship between Regional Integration, Migration and Social Protection, tenable in Pretoria.

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Student Seminar: Prospects for a Return to Realism in US Foreign Policy
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 14 Nov 2011

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to a student seminar on "Prospects for a Return to Realism in US Foreign Policy", to be presented by Mr Laurence Caromba on 17 November 2011.

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Department of Political Sciences Newsletter
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 04 Nov 2011

The Department of Political Sciences' November 2011 Newsletter is available online.

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Seminar: The Convergence of Diplomacy and International Sport
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 02 Nov 2011

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar on the topic of “'It’s our game?' – The hectic convergence of diplomacy and international sport", to be presented by Dr Geoff Pigman on 22 November 2011.

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Public Seminar: Somalia - The Way Forward
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 25 Oct 2011

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a public seminar on "Somalia: The way forward", to be addressed by Abdi Samatar, on 1 November 2011.

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Seminar: Refashioning the Malaysian Model: Lessons for SA
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 21 Oct 2011

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a seminar on the topic 'Refashioning the Malaysian Model: Are there any lessons for South Africa?', to be presented by Professor Mark Thompson on 25 October 2011.

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Public Lecture: Making South Africa Work Better
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 18 Oct 2011

The Department of Political Sciences and the Sunday Independent invite you to a public lecture on the topic "Making South Africa Work Better", to be presented by Moeletsi Mbeki on 27 October 2011.

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Student Seminar: Is Cameroon ready for an Arab-Style Uprising?
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 22 Sep 2011

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to a student seminar exploring the prospects for political reform in Cameroon, to be presented by Ms Ojima Salifu on 28 September 2011.

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Public Seminar: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Indonesia
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 20 Sep 2011

The Department of Political Sciences, in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, invites you to a public seminar on "ASEAN Connectivity and ASEAN and the role of Indonesia", to be addressed by Dr Siswo Pramono and Ambassador Ibrahim Yusuf, on 27 September 2011.

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Panel Discussion: Libya, the UN, the AU and South Africa: 15 Sep
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 08 Sep 2011

The Centre for Mediation in Africa, the Department of Political Sciences and the Centre for Human Rights invite you to a panel discussion on the topic "Libya, the United Nations, the African Union and South Africa: Wrong moves? Wrong motives", to be addressed by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim, on 15 September 2011.

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Public dialogue: Two Sides of the Same Coin: Political Activism in Lesotho and Swaziland
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 02 Sep 2011

The Department of Political Sciences and KMM Review Publishing Company invite you to a fascinating and informative dialogue with leading academics and political analysts, some of whom have provided chapters in the book, Against all Odds: Opposition political parties in southern Africa, edited by Professor Hussein Solomon, on 14 September 2011.

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Public Seminar: Is it our Turn to Eat Now?
Shirley de Villiers
Posted on 17 Aug 2011

The Department of Political Sciences, in association with the Centre for Politics and Research and City Press, invites you to a public seminar on the topic "Is it our turn to eat now?", to be presented by investigative journalist Michela Wrong on 31 August 2011.

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Public Seminar: UN General Assembly Vote on Palestinian Statehood
Posted on 11 Aug 2011

The Department of Political Sciences and the Afro-Middle East Centre invite you to a public seminar on 'The upcoming UN General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood', to be presented by Dr Mustafa Barghouti on 22 August 2011.

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Public Seminar: The Politics of Piracy in Somalia
Posted on 20 Jul 2011

The Department of Political Sciences invites you to a public seminar on "The Politics of Piracy in Somalia: The rich versus the poor", to be presented by Professor Abdi Samatar on 12 August.

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Dept Political Sciences Seminar: The AU and the Responsibility to Protect
Posted on 18 Jul 2011

The Department of Political Sciences University invites you to a public seminar on "The African Union and the Responsibility to Protect", to be presented by Dr Henning Melber and Mr Jan Mutton, on 5 August 2011.

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Conference Programme: The United Nations and Regional Challenges in Africa
Posted on 07 Jul 2011

The final programme for the seminar on "The United Nations and Regional Challenges in Africa: 50 Years After the Death of Dag Hammarskjöld", which will be presented on the campus of the University of Pretoria from 13-15 July 2011, is available on the Department of Political Sciences' website.

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UP-affiliated research Chair launches website
Posted on 05 Jul 2011

The UNESCO-United Nations University Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People, a collaborative venture with the University of Pretoria's Department of Political Sciences, has launched its online platform.

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Dept of Political Sciences - June 2011 Newsletter
Posted on 15 Jun 2011

The Department of Political Sciences' June 2011 Newsletter is available online.

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Conference Announcement: The United Nations and Regional Challenges in Africa
Posted on 10 Jun 2011

The Department of Political Sciences and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (Uppsala), in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, are proud to announce a conference on "The United Nations and Regional Challenges in Africa - 50 years after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld", to be held from 13 to 15 July 2011.

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Dept Political Sciences Model UN Debate
Posted on 06 Jun 2011

The Department of Political Sciences' annual second-year Model United Nations Debate was held on Wednesday, 25 May 2011.

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Seminar: The South in World Politics - 3 August
Posted on 02 Jun 2011

Dr Chris Alden, of the London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Pretoria, will present a paper on "The South in World Politics" as part of the Faculty of Humanities Seminar Series on 3 August 2011.

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Public Lecture: 'Is peace possible in the Great Lakes Region?'
Posted on 27 May 2011

The Centre for Human Rights and Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria cordially invite you to a public lecture, to be presented by European Union Ambassador Mr Roeland van de Geer, on Wednesday 1 June, 2011.

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Book Launch: 'The Death of our Society'
Posted on 26 May 2011

The Centre for Politics and Research (Pretoria) invites you to the launch of Prince Mashele's book, "The death of our society", on Wednesday 8 June 2011.

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Dept of Political Sciences Model UN Debate - 25 May 2011
Posted on 17 May 2011

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to its second-year Model UN debate, on "Legitimacy versus efficiency of global governance in the 21st Century: Transformation of the United Nations Security Council".

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Student seminar series: Africa and the Developed World - 25 May 2011
Posted on 16 May 2011

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to a student seminar on "Africa and the Developed World: Creating space for Africa's agenda", to be presented by Mr Khwezi Mabasa.

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Dept of Political Sciences seminar - 11 May 2011
Posted on 03 May 2011

The Centre for Mediation and Department of Political Sciences cordially invite you to a seminar on "Ordering the World: Academic research and policymaking on fragile states", to be presented by Professor Roland Paris.

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Student seminar series: Reconciliation in Rwanda - 20 April 2011
Posted on 12 Apr 2011

The Department of Political Sciences welcomes you to our second student seminar, on "Reconciliation in Rwanda after Genocide: Contending Narratives", to be presented by Dr Cori Wielenga on 20 April 2011.

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Dept of Political Sciences Seminar - 12 April 2011
Posted on 11 Apr 2011

The Department of Political Sciences and Afro-Middle East Centre cordially invite you to a seminar on the strategic, regional and global implications of the Middle East uprisings, presented by Alastair Crooke.

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Address by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Marius Llewellyn Fransman
Posted on 05 Apr 2011

Panel discussion: South Africa's second term on the UN security council - expectations, objectives and challenges

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Panel discussionon: Do normative frameworks 'save us from hell'?
Posted on 05 Apr 2011

The Department of Political Sciences and the Centre for Human Rights cordially invite you to the panel discussion, "Do normative frameworks 'save us from hell'? Dealing with crimes against humanity" on 5 April, 2011.

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Lecture: Conceptualising South Africa's National Interest
Posted on 05 Apr 2011

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA) at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a lecture in the ongoing Africa Dialogue Lecture Series on "Conceptualising South Africa's National Interest", to be presented by Mr Moe Shaik, Director of the State Security Agency Foreign Branch.

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Panel Discussion: SA's 2nd Term on the UN Security Council
Wilma Martin
Posted on 23 Mar 2011

The Centre for Mediation and the Centre for Human Rights invite you to a panel discussion to be held on 30 March 2011.

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Second Edward Kennedy Memorial Lecture
Wilma Martin
Posted on 22 Mar 2011

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA) and the Embassy of the United States of America cordially invite you to the Second Edward Kennedy Memorial Lecture

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Department of Political Sciences Student Seminar - 13 April 2011
Posted on 16 Mar 2011

From Swords to Ploughshares? Identity Transformation and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe and South Africa, presented by Florian Krampe

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Book Launch - 18 February 2011
Wilma Martin
Posted on 14 Feb 2011

Book launch of "Contemporary Diplomacy: Representation and Communication in a Globalized World" by Geoffrey Allen Pigman

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Unit for Euro-African Studies, Department of Political Sciences
Wilma Martin
Posted on 08 Feb 2011

Conference on "Regional integration in Europe and Africa: models, practices and comparative perspectives

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Dept of Political Sciences - Seminar - 15 February 2011
Wilma Martin
Posted on 07 Feb 2011

The Department of Political Sciences cordially invites you to a seminar on "Why Asia has become rich and powerful", presented by Mr Roelf van der Veen, Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands.

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Dept of Political Sciences - Seminar - 1 March 2011
Wilma Martin
Posted on 07 Feb 2011

Seminar on "Single Party Majorities: Delivering on Promises While Governing for All"

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Newsletter - November 2010
Posted on 26 Jan 2011

Newsletter for second semester 2010.

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Seminar on Arab-African Relations
Wilma Martin
Posted on 19 Oct 2010

The Department of Political Sciences, on behalf of the Executive of the University, invites you to this seminar on Arab-African Relations.

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Seminar 15 Oct 2010: South Africa's second term as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council
Wilma Martin
Posted on 12 Oct 2010

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA) and the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria cordially invite you to a seminar in its series on Mediation in Africa entitled "South Africa's second term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council".

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Prof Marie Muller first recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted on 16 Sep 2010

Prof Marie Muller, former Head of Department of Political Sciences (1996-2000), former Dean of Humanities (2000-2008) and currently a senior professor in Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS).

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Newsletter July 2010
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Aug 2010

Newsletter July 2010

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Africa Dialogue Lecture on South Africa's economic development challenges: Engaging the world through tourism
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 04 Aug 2010

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA) at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a lecture in the ongoing Africa Dialogue Lecture Series on "South Africa's economic development challenges: Engaging the world through tourism" to be presented by Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, Former Chief of State Protocol and now Director-General of the Department of Tourism.

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Seminar on
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 26 Jul 2010

Seminar entitled "NORMATIVE FRAMEWORKS - DO THEY MATTER? The United Nations, Global Governance, and the Relevance of Dag Hammarskjöld's Legacy" to be presented by Dr Henning Melber, Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala, Sweden.

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Model UN, an academic simulation of the United Nations
Posted on 27 May 2010

The Model UN, an academic simulation of the United Nations, was hosted by the Department of Political Sciences recently. This year's theme was "Revisiting Copenhagen: Special Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change".

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Seminar on “Finland’s Innovation Challenges in the Changing Global Environment”
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 03 May 2010

Seminar entitled “Finland’s Innovation Challenges in the Changing Global Environment” to be presented by Ms Helena Tapper, Counsellor, Embassy of Finland in South Africa.

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Seminar on “Global governance and development alternatives”
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 23 Mar 2010

Seminar entitled “Global governance and development alternatives” to be presented by Prof James Mittelman, Professor of International Affairs at the American University in Washington, DC, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

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Seminar on 'France's Africa Policy: myths and realities'
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 18 Mar 2010

Seminar entitled "France's Africa Policy: myths and realities" to be presented by Mr Orliange, Deputy Head of Mission, French Embassy in Pretoria.

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Seminar on MEDIA, DEMOCRACY and DIPLOMACY
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Feb 2010

Seminar entitled "MEDIA, DEMOCRACY and DIPLOMACY" to be presented by Prof Reddy, Extraordinary Professor in the Departments of Political Sciences (UP) and Journalism (Stellenbosch Univ)

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Seminar on ‘Re-claiming the Social’: Understanding the social dimensions of HIV in a bio-medicalised epidemic
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 22 Feb 2010

Seminar entitled "'Re-claiming the Social’: Understanding the social dimensions of HIV in a bio-medicalised epidemic" to be presented by Prof Kippax, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia.

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Africa Dialogue Lecture Series
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 29 Jan 2010

Lecture entitled ""Placing African and South African Research on the Global Map" to be presented by Dr van Jaarsveld, President and CEO of NRF.

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Newsletter November 2009
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 25 Nov 2009

Newsletter November 2009

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‘Freedom and Democracy – From the Dismantling of the Iron Curtain to Schengen’
CiPS
Posted on 10 Nov 2009

Africa Dialogue Lecture Series

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The End of ODA: Death and Rebirth of a Global Public Policy’
CiPS
Posted on 10 Nov 2009

Africa Dialogue Lecture Series

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The Department hosts a two-day conference
Posted on 27 Jul 2009

The Department of Political Sciences and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a two-day conference on "PROMOTING DEMOCRACY: THE STATE OF PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR IN SOUTH AFRICA"


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Newsletter June 2009
Posted on 01 Jun 2009

Newsletter 2009

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Newsletter, November 2008
Dep of Political Sciences
Posted on 15 Nov 2008

Newsletter

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Department of Political Sciences Newsletter June 2008
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 11 Jul 2008

Newsletter June 2008

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