Cape Town Conversations 2024 Recap: Red-Eye Session on Global South Perspectives

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In December 2024, Cape Town Conversations hosted a thought-provoking session titled “North is North, South is South, and Never the Twain Shall Meet?” This panel discussion was a highlight of the event, delving into the evolving role of the Global South in reshaping global narratives.

Session Overview: The session focused on how the Global South is stepping up with new narratives that challenge conventional discourse. In a world of rapid transformation, voices from these regions are crucial in reshaping media representation, policy formulation, and global dialogue. The panel explored the dynamic perspectives from diverse cultures and economies of the Global South, revealing untold stories and visions that are reshaping interactions with the Global North in the changing world order.

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs, offered insights into Africa’s role in global policy.
  • Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, Professor at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs, shared his expertise on African international relations.
  • Dino Patti Djalal, Founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, provided perspectives from Southeast Asia.
  • Velina Tchakarova, Founder of For A Conscious Experience (FACE), discussed the broader implications of these shifts.
  • Lynn Kuok, Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Asia), gave an East Asian perspective.

Moderated by:

  • Samir Saran, President of the Observer Research Foundation and Chair of the Think20 India Secretariat, skillfully guided the discussion, ensuring a rich and diverse exchange of ideas.

This session was a crucial platform for understanding the diverse viewpoints and aspirations of the Global South and how they influence global geopolitics and economics. The insights offered by the speakers were invaluable in understanding the evolving global landscape


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