Can South Africa lead through consensus at the AU?


South Africa will chair the African Union (AU) in 2020. At the same time, the country will also serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council – making it well placed to improve AU-UN relations and drive its continental priorities. However, to achieve consensus at the AU, South Africa will have to show progress in the fight against xenophobia back home.

This seminar looks at the challenges and opportunities for South Africa in 2020. A new ISS policy brief on the topic will be launched at the event. 

Chair: Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, ISS Pretoria


Michelle Ndiaye, Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Researcher, ISS Pretoria

Mohamed M Diatta, Researcher, ISS Addis Ababa

Aditi Lalbahadur, Programme Manager, Foreign Policy, South African Institute of International Affairs


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