Friday Jun 09, 2023

The Crane: Episode #15 - BRICS Summit 2023 and Regional Relations at an Interregnum

Prof David Monyae joins us to discuss what he describes as a new geopolitical interregnum, where – drawing from Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci – he contends that the ‘old’ is dying, while the ‘new’ multipolar world order is not yet born.  


From growing international platforms to discuss issues of public interest, such as the Lanting Forum, to the recent clamor for BRICS membership, we are seeing new qualitative shifts in international relations and new regionalist vehicles and processes of the Global South.


Prof. Monyae is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg, and Co-Director of the UJ Confucius Institute and the Centre for Africa-China Studies. Prof Monyae is an international relations and foreign policy expert, with a PhD in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. 

He previously served as Section Manager: International Relations Policy Analysis at the South African Parliament, providing strategic management, parliamentary foreign policy formulation, and monitoring and analysis services. He has published widely and is a respected political analyst, featuring in the national and international media.


The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast is a bi-monthly podcast giving you a fresh look at the news, events, and debates around China-Africa relations from the perspective of two young(ish) Africans.


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