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Angola: Prospects for peace?

Peace in Angola is of great importance to the whole SADC region. This paper highlights the role Angola has played in the history of Portugal and the implications of Portuguese occupation of Angola. Although a number of peace efforts have taken pl...

Rhodesia: Quo Vadis?

The document starts by giving background on Rhodesia’s past from 1922 until the present, then discusses its present and possible future. The author believes that it is in the best interests of all Rhodesians to reach an agreement with the British ...

Malawi's Referendum on Multi-Party Politics: Banda's Battle of Hastings?

"This paper discusses the 1992 referendum held under the regime of President Banda, the demands made by the opposition as well as UN election monitoring and concludes that Pres Banda will not be the power behind the throne indefinitely. Especiall...

The German Elections: Implications for South Africa

"This paper discusses the runup to the 1995 German elections. It is argued that the outcome of elections is likely to have little impact on German policy towards South Africa which has remained constant and favourable even during the apartheid ye...

Has the disinvestment issue been carefully considered?

This paper considers the question of disinvestment to put economic pressure on the South African government. It is often proposed as a means of resolving the political crisis in South Africa, with a view that disinvestment will weaken the South Af...

Continuity and change in South Africa's present and future foreign policy

This occasional paper concerns questions relating to the domestic political, economic and social character of the post-apartheid state, examines a number of assumptions commonly held about South Africa’s foreign policy in the post-apartheid period...

Mozambique: a success story continues?

During Mozambique’s multiparty elections in December 1999, FRELIMO won against RENAMO-UE in the presidential and parliamentary elections. RENAMO refused to accept the results, but the Supreme Court declared them valid. Economically, at the end...

SADC Barometer Issue 1

The SADC Barometer is intended to provide an independent and critical evaluation of progress on implementation of the various protocols, political and economic convergence and progress toward SADC's economic and social development goals. The reg...

Zimbabwe

This background briefing describes the situation in Zimbabwe with regard to the socialist politics of Prime Minister Mugabe, whose scientific socialism is moderated by practical constraints like the role of the Politburo and the upcoming elections...

American attitudes towards South Africa: Constructive engagement and the divestment debate

This background briefing describes American attitudes toward South Africa. The importance for the Reagan Administration of the policy of constructive engagement was emphasised in an address of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Mr...

Settlement of the Namibian dispute: A question of political will

This brief report describes recent problems that held up implementation of the Western-sponsored UN plan for Namibian independence, whose success depends on the degree of political will and determination on the part of the contending parties. Futu...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 3, 1977

This International Affairs Bulletin contains the following three articles: Deon Geldenhuys’ article describes the politics of international unpopularity as related to South Africa’s status as a pariah state. The article describes how South Africa...

Détente or aggression? - South Africa's Namibian policy

This paper explains that Namibian independence is determined by South African interests in the region, and that Namibian independence will only happen when South Africa wants it, according to its preconditions. The weak link in South Africa’s regi...

Transition in South Africa: The global context and the international role

This paper looks first at the impact which the dramatic changes in the international environment have had on the Southern African region and particularly on the South African political scene in the past few years. It attempts to identify some of t...

Madagascar

This article gives background information on the island of Madagascar. It describes the geography and climate, its population, political organization, and history from its discovery by the Portuguese to independence in 1960 under President Tsirane...

The future of South West Africa/Namibia a symposium

This paper contains the texts of the four brief introductory statements at a Symposium on “The Future of South West Africa/Namibia”, held at Jan Smuts House in Johannesburg on 25 July 1977. These statements cover the current negotiations in the co...

New light on South West Africa: Some extracts from and comments on the Odendaal Report

This document is a summary of the Odendaal Report, with comments by the author and a supplementary section dealing with the international position of the territory and with the Republican Government’s decisions to date on the Report. The Commis...

Address by mr Harry Oppenheimer to the South Africa Club Savoy Hotel, London. Wednesday 17th April 1984

This background briefing emphasises that reform should come about peacefully. Violent means and peaceful means are not alternative ways of reaching the same objective; they lead to different results. South Africa’s problems are uniquely difficult,...

SAIIA Newsletter No. 8, 1970

This newsletter contains four articles and four brief reports: George F. Kennan’s article describes contemporary America, which is experiencing various inter-acting troubles. Externally, these are competition with the Soviet Union and the war in ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 58

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: • Namibia - Extracts from the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, effective 21 March 1990. - Statement by the UN Secretary-General, Dr. Perez de Cuellar, at Namibia Independence ...

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