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Nuanced Balancing Act: South Africa's National and International Interests and its 'African Agenda'

"Since apartheid ended, much of South Africa’s positioning on the world stage has been informed by what has been described as an Afrocentric approach to foreign relations. This paper examines the central question of whether or not the South African …

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 41

This issue of Southern Africa record focuses on Southern Africa and in particular on Nigeria, Angola and Mozambique. Extracts from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in October 1985 is published and this include the agreement between Sout…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 20

This publication begins with correspondence between the UN Secretary –General and the South African Foreign Minister concerning the negotiations on SWA/Namibia. It further covers reports and letter from and to the UN Secretary-General on issues reg…

The Energy Crisis: A Revolution in International Relations?

This articles looks at the energy crisis which was sparked off by the Arab/Israeli War in October 1973. It shows the effect of the crisis on super power relationships (at the time Western Europe, United States and Japan) which was regarded as the ce…

South Africa, Britain and Rhodesia

This article touches on the killing of Dr. Verwoerd and South Africa's foreign policy before and after his death and how his death might influence the South African foreign policy with regard to Namibia, Rhodesia and cooperation in the Southern Afri…

The Republic of South Africa and Detente

This article gives a historical view of the development in South Africa in the post-World War II period. It describes the international affairs policies of the sixties and how these policies have changed over time. It then looks at the easing of str…

Oil From The Sea: Trends and Portents

The article looks at how oil is increasingly being extracted from the seabed and the exploitation of petroleum beneath the seas. "West Africa is growing into an important oil-producing region, with Nigeria in the lead."

South Africa and the Tide of World Affairs

"For the last five months of last year I was visiting institutes of international affairs and university centres of international and African studies in the United States and Canada, in Britain, Holland, France, Belgium and Western Germany. In all …

The Political Outlook in Southern Africa

"Confidence in a country's future depends both on sound economic conditions and on a stable political environment. But it is equally true that a lack of confidence can itself create negative results, politically and economically, and therefore confi…

Summary - Dominance, Dependence and Modernisation, with Specific Reference to Southern Africa

"In this paper an attempt will be made to distinguish among various usages and conceptualisation of the concepts 'dominance', 'dependency' and 'modernisation' as they occur in social science literature. Briefly the paper sets out to trace the origin…

Dominance, Dependence and Modernisation, with Specific Reference to Southern Africa

"In this paper an attempt will be made to distinguish among various usages and conceptualisation of the concepts 'dominance', 'dependency' and 'modernisation' as they occur in social science literature. Briefly the paper sets out to trace the origin…

Organization of African Unity Summit Conference July 1978

This article is a report on the African Union Summit attended by 34 African Leaders. "The Summit made little progress in trying to end the various wars and border disputes in Africa, but it did agree on a number of initiatives aimed at settling, by …

Walvis Bay: A Whale of a Port

"With Namibia's imminent independence, South Africa's claim to legal sovereignty of the port and settlement of Walvis Bay, as well as to the Penguin Islands, between Walvis Bay and the Orange River, is bound to become a continuing issue in bilateral…

The Transitional Government in Namibia: The Quest for Legitimacy

"Despite all attempts by the South African Government over the last decade to enhance the legitimacy of the various transitional arrangements, Pretoria cannot on its own transfer legitimacy to a successor government in Windhoek. Namibian independenc…

Burkina Faso: Land of the Incorruptible Men

This article takes a look at Burkina Faso, the country profile and its people, its recent history as a Frmech colony, the Sankara Regime, its defence, economy, economic planning, social welfare, prospects and problems.

Derailed: Transport Politics in Southern Africa

"In December 1986 the Botswana Government announced its decision to suspend indefinitely its projected take-over of a section of the railways from Zimbabwe because of a stalemate over a new train exchange arrangement with the Governments of Zimbabwe…

Reflections on the Nigerian-South African Dialogue

"The first session of the Dialogue was closed to the outside public. In this, much was learnt about the history, nature, role and resource-bases of the respective institutions. The second day of the Dialogue covered the political outlook and the for…

Investing in the Promise of South Africa: An American Perspective

This discussion was on "the promise of South Africa and about how it can develop a partnership with the United States to assist in accomplishing its objectives." These objectives being "a significantly better life for its citizens, a diversified and…

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 7, no. 1, 1975

The newsletter starts off with the Director's notes, South Africa's role in Africa and a panel discussion. It then looks at the following articles; Detente and South West Africa, President Kenneth Kaunda's views on Detente, South Africa's approach t…

Co-operation in Southern Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

"The establishment of international and/or regional co-operation is characterised by multi-speed process. The international economic and political order has for the best part of the last three decades been engaged in a process of transition towards …

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