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Tuesday 5 September | 2017

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) publication titled: Changing Economic Balances and Integration in Africa Rising examines what happens to geopolitics when economic balances change between neighbours and between regions?

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Thursday 8 December | 2016

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) report titled: The Emergence of Systems of Innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long Histories and Contemporary Debates is edited by Professor Mario Scerri, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) and Professor of Economics at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

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Thursday 10 November | 2016

The Great Recession and Its Implications for Human Values: Lessons for Africa, report examines the reasons behind and the implications of the ongoing global economic recession particularly for the South African economy and economies of the rest of the African continent.

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Friday 22 July | 2016

The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus publication sought to explore various factors including the poverty of depth and relevance in the humanities and social sciences that have had the effect of undermining the contribution that intellectuals are able to make to the complex processes of social transformation.

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Monday 20 June | 2016

20 Years of South African Democracy: So Where to Now? is the outcome of a conference marking the beginning of South Africa’s third decade of democracy hosted in November 2014 by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) at the University of South Africa (Unisa). The conference was entitled 20 Years of South African Democracy: So Where to Now? The main focus of the conference was projective reflections into the next two decades of democracy. It aimed to deal with the theoretical perspectives underpinning the state of South Africa in two decades of democracy and, most importantly, prospects for the future

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Monday 20 June | 2016

Resurgent Resource Nationalism? is a qualitative study, undertaken by MISTRA for SASOL Ltd, that looks at the resurgence of resource nationalism over the past 10 years. It discusses the concept of resource nationalism and its manifestation in public policy. It identifies the concerns, drivers and instruments through which resource nationalism is pursued by various mining jurisdictions across regions. It deliberately focuses more on the hydrocarbons sector in order to suit the target audience. The aim is to observe macro-trends emerging in various regions of the world and explore how best private actors can respond to the various forms of resource nationalism.

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Tuesday 7 June | 2016

Earth, Wind & Fire: Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy provides policy guidelines to transition to a low carbon economy in South Africa, analysing issues on clean energy transportation, waste tyre recycling, sustainable mining and the water-energy nexus among others, and further the book emphasizes the importance of an integrated mix of policy instruments to promote sustainable development and a green economy.

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Tuesday 28 July | 2015

With China poised to become a major global power in the 21st century, it is fitting to examine the factors which have contributed to the rise, once again, of this multifaceted country and notable civilisation. This publication is the culmination of research undertaken by MISTRA, which set out to investigate the multifaceted factors that accompanied and influenced the evolution of Chinese society over the centuries.

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Thursday 14 August | 2014

Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans examines different interpretations and meanings that diverse social actors attach to the calls and prospects for nation formation and social cohesion.

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Monday 3 March | 2014

The 2014 African Transformation Report presents research on African countries, sectors, and thematic studies to and systematically examines transformation as a broad framework for economic growth and development and how African countries are transforming and where they stand in relation to their neighbours.

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Friday 29 November | 2013

Essays on the Evolution of the Post-Apartheid State: Legacies, Reforms and Prospects investigates the evolution of the South African state. It explores the impact on transformation of the State inherited in 1994 as well as the transformative efforts undertaken by the State since 1994.

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Tuesday 12 November | 2013

Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa explores patronage politics and how it contributes to some of the problems bedeviling local government politics, and how poverty and inequality relate to political patronage.

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Friday 30 August | 2013

South Africa and the Global Hydrogen Economy: The Strategic Role of Platinum Group Metals highlights the global significance of platinum group metals (PGM) and explores the strategic opportunities that arise out of South Africa’s endowment of these strategic resources.

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Wednesday 26 June | 2013

The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity in Intellectual Discourse and Research addresses transdisciplinarity as an innovative mechanism to engage knowledge production as a means of fostering a more inclusive society.

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Saturday 25 May | 2013

Mapungubwe Reconsidered: Exploring beyond the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state seeks to contribute to the body of knowledge about Mapungubwe, straddling such issues as the relationships between humans and the environment, management of mineral endowments and the form and impact of southern Africa’s global intercourse in this historical period.

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Monday 18 March | 2013

Beyond Nuremberg: The Historical Significance of the Post-Apartheid Transition in South Africa by Prof Mahmood Mamdani presented at MISTRA’s second Annual Lecture, on the 18th March 2013.

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Thursday 29 November | 2012

The Art, Philosophy And Science Of Football In South Africa explores why South African football evinces so much promise, and yet in relation to many of our peers in Africa and further afield, at both club and national level, we flatter to deceive?

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Wednesday 17 October | 2012

Building The African State In The Age Of Globalisation by Prof Thandika Mkandawire explores the role of social compacts in building the African state and the impact of globalization on this process.

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Saturday 17 March | 2012

MISTRA's Post Launch Report is a commemorative publication of papers presented at the Institute’s public launch in March 2011 and includes papers by Prof Dominic Salvatore and by Prof Dani Nabudere.

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Wednesday 29 February | 2012

From Agriculture to Agricology Towards a Glocal Circular Economy explores Nabudere’s strong belief that we can reclaim the future by producing knowledge that is relevant for society, and for the continued participation in civic causes designed to assist the wretched of the earth.

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MISTRA Archives

Mr Ndletyana comments . . .

Mr Ndletyana writes on SA Sovereignty following the Gupta-Zuma Affair and Mr Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi expresses his views on the relevance of chieftainship

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Encouraging debate to . . .

Mahmood Mamdani – man on a mission to find answers to worldwide political and social challenges, writes Janet Smith.

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