What do middle powers think? The view from South Africa

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  • Theodore Murphy, Director, Africa Programme, ECFR
  • Adebayo Olukoshi, Visiting Fellow, ECFR

Chaired by

Pawel Zerka, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Many people outside the West want Europe and the US in their lives for all they have to offer – but that does not translate into political alignment. Instead, they prefer to live in a world where they can trade with China, enjoy security cooperation with the US, and emulate the European way of life. A major new global public opinion poll across 21 countries commissioned by ECFR and Oxford University shows that we live in an à la carte world. If Europeans are to start playing the rules of an à la carte world – they need to first learn what middle powers think.

Join Pawel Zerka, ECFR’s lead data analyst, for a series that delves into public opinion from three middle powers – Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey – on issues ranging from global order, the war in Ukraine, and to China’s economic presence and US security. Each webinar lasts 30 minutes, with a quick-fire data-insights round, an analysis round with ECFR experts and regional voices, and a Q&A round with our audience.

The third instalment of the series will focus on data from South Africa, where Pawel Zerka is joined by Theodore Murphy, ECFR Africa Programme Director, and Adebayo Olukoshi, ECFR Visiting Fellow and longstanding Africa watcher, to learn about how South Africa views the emerging global order.