The EU-AU summit taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (20-30 November 2017) provides the context for bringing together members of the EU from Brussels, key members of the South African Department of International Affairs and Cooperation (DIRCO), and academics from Africa to take stock, address past concerns and to reflect on the future of the relationship between the two major institutions.

The SARChI in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in conjunction with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung hosted a research launch on EU-AU Relations: Prospects and Challenges on 4 October 2017 at Premier Hotel. 

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), leading to the Partnership of the same name, has endured 10 years; it has not been without its critics. Questions have been raised about the efficacy of the partnership, the kind of relationship dynamic between the two continents, and its results. Certainly, in the fluid international context today the conditions and dynamics have changed with Africa engaging a number of partners across the globe in pursuit of its goals. Read more here 


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