Sanusha Naidu


Sanusha Naidu is a currently the Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue based in Pretoria, South Africa. Ms. Naidu holds a Masters in International Relations from Staffordshire University, UK and an Honours in Political Science and a B.A. Law Degree from the former University of Durban-Westville (now University of KwaZulu Natal). Prior to joining OSF-SA, she was senior researcher in the South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI) and at the Democracy Governance and Service Delivery programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and before that Research Director of the China/Emerging Powers Project at Fahamu. She also served in various capacities including Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies (University of Stellenbosch), Researcher Specialist in the Integrated Rural and Regional Development Programme at the HSRC between 2001-2006, Senior Africa Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and as a lecturer in the Political Science Department at the former University of Durban Westville.   Her areas of specialisation include South African foreign policy, Africa's international relations and political economy and more recently the rise of the emerging powers (namely China and India) in Africa. She has presented at various national and international conferences and has an extensive publication record including two edited books: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Africa and China (with Dr. Kweku Ampiah: University of KwaZulu Natal Press) and African and Chinese Perspectives on China in Africa (with Axel Harniet-Sievers and Stephen Marks: Fahamu Books) and a special edition of the Politikon journal on Africa's Relations with the Emerging Powers (with Lucy Corkin and Hayley Herman: 2009, vol. 36, Issue 1).   Ms. Naidu is a regular media commentator and can be contacted or +27836370903

Africa's International Relations And Political Economy, Emerging Powers (Namely China And India) In Africa, South African Foreign Policy

Last modified: December 21, 2017

Recent projects

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26 May 2016 Gateway House

International credibility in a domestic crisis

At present, South Africa finds itself charting political and economic policy uncertainties. This is not to suggest that the domestic political crisis will see different trajectories unfolding with regard to its BRICS/IBSA engagements, or on a broader foreign policy path, but it will have repercussions at the international level, in terms of investor confidence, credit ratings, and currency volatility. Pretoria will face constant pressure to be seen as a credible actor, especially when it comes to its African identity.
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20 August 2015 Gateway House

India-Africa Summit: A milestone

The India-Africa Forum Summit in October in New Delhi will be a milestone event, with more than 50 African states and representatives from the African Union participating. It will demonstrate how Africa fits into India’s new foreign policy outlook, clarify to African countries how ‘Make in India’ impacts their economies, and will be an opportunity for both sides to renew development cooperation.
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7 July 2015

Expanding BRICS through the NDB

Sanusha Naidu, Research Associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue, Pretoria, explains why the BRICS grouping should not be expanded but the New Development Bank(NDB) is the ideal vehicle to include other developing countries
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7 July 2015 Gateway House

BRICS and South Africa (Podcast)

South Africa is the newest member in BRICS and the second largest economy in Africa. Dev Lewis speaks to Sanusha Naidu, Research Associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue in Pretoria, on a range of topics from South Africa's view on BRICS to its position on internet governance and the New Development Bank's regional centre in Africa
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20 May 2014 Gateway House

South Africa: new contender emerges

The African National Congress party which has won its fifth consecutive victory in the elections faces a long-term challenge, both on the streets and at the ballot box. The newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters party has cut into the ANC’s base significantly in habitual strongholds like Gauteng, the economic hub
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14 April 2011 Gateway House

South Africa’s human rights dilemma

As the newest entrant of the BRICS group, South Africa's unpredictability in upholding the human rights dimension of its foreign policy agenda, by its stance to impose a ‘no fly zone’ over Libya, has brought about an incoherency between the BRIC countries and South Africa.