The international environment in 2017 is likely to continue to be characterised by change and uncertainty, as evidenced by contemporary political and economic events. These will undoubtedly impact South Africa’s foreign policy.
In 2015 and 2016, South African young people have challenged the definition of political participation” by extending their political voice beyond voting, party protocols and normative forms of mobilisation. From student protest and the Occupy Luthuli House protest to the active absence from the voting stations as protest, young people have begun to rethink political power through civic engagement.
International experts shed light on the migration-development nexus, for example with regard to migration flows in and from the Middle East and South Africa. They highlight the diversity of reasons for people to leave their homes as well as their courage to do so, and point to political shortcomings and perspectives.