Expert talk

South Africa's Presidency of the UN Security Council: Perspectives, Challenges and Limitations

The Department of International Relations at Wits University is South Africa's leading institute in research and teaching African international affairs. Regional Powers in Global Politics accompanies South Africa's membership in the UN Security Council during 2019-2020. It consists of a series of six roundtables each dedicated to a particular theme. The overarching topic is the role of regional powers in global affairs which is characterised by a return of great power politics and erosion of multilateralism.


Each roundtable consists of a select group of local and international experts. In this third event we are discussing the upcoming presidency of South Africa in the Security Council. Which priorities is South Africa setting in the Council? How can African interests be championed in global politics? Will South Africa be able to avoid great power rivalry?




Prof Malte Brosig (Wits IR Dep.)

Henning Suhr (Konrard-Adenauer-Foundation)


Roundttable participants:

Dr Sithembile Mbete (University of Pretoria)

Ms Aditi Lalbahadur (South African Institute for International Affairs)

Mr Zaheer Laher (Department of International Relations and Cooperation)

Dr Martin Schaefer (Amb. Germany) tbc

Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam Menbacho (Amb. Ethiopia) tbc



Dr Mopeli Moshoeshoe (Wits IR Dep.)

Prof Malte Brosig (Wits IR Dep.)


5:45pm Q&A

6:15-7:00pm Reception

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University of the Witwatersrand, Southwest Engeneering Building, Humanities Graduate Room Johannesburg, Gauteng 2000


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