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The Political Outlook in Southern Africa: some current considerations

This paper looks at how the Portuguese collapse in April 1974 dramtically changed the situation and critically affected the outlook for Southern Africa in four major ways. It removed not only the physical, but also the psychological, barriers whic...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 2, 1978

This international affairs bulletin contains four articles: Hedley Bull’s article concerns the relationship between the West and South Africa, which is more tense than ever before. This article inquires into reasons for Western hostility towards ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 1, 1978

This international affairs bulletin contains the following articles: H.F. Oppenheimer’s article describes the relationship between the state and the individual in southern Africa. In South Africa, rather than the relationship between races, one s...

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

This International Affairs Bulletin contains five articles: James Mayall’s article deals with Soviet and Chinese policies in Africa. It concentrates on Southern Africa, but Soviet and Chinese policies in the sub-continent should be related to the...

Managing Resources and the Democratic Order: The Experience of Botswana

"Africa is a potentially rich continent that remains one of the poorest in the world. For most African countries, an abundance of resources has not only contributed to underdevelopment but has undermined democracy. Public office is a major source ...

Prospects of the SPLA/M's Transition into a Political Party in Sudan

"This paper argues that the predominant circumstances in Sudan are likely to prevent the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) from evolving into a political party. At present, the political class in the North has not reached a consensu...

The Evolution and Development of the New Patriotic Party in Ghana

"This paper examines the emergence and development of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government in the context of a broader examination of the roles of political parties within the Ghanaian political landscape. After describing the political...

Political Liberalisation and Party Radicalisation in Algeria: The Case of the Islamic Front of Salvation

"Starting in the late 1980s the Algerian political system underwent important changes. In 1989 Algeria moved from a one-party system to multipartyism. The Islamic parties were the biggest beneficiaries of the country’s political liberalisation. Th...

The DRC at 50: Confronting the Challenges of Peace and Territorial Consolidation

"On 30 June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule. At 50, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self understandi...

Madagascar avoidable disaster, test case for African diplomacy

"The battle for control of Madagascar underscored the devastating, long-lasting effect that political instability has on economic development. It not only reversed a promising economic turnaround, but, did grave damage to Madagascar's (previously...

Southern Africa in retrospect: The views of two foreign correspondents

This paper is the viewpoint of the political situation in South Africa during the 1970s as experienced by two foreign correspondents. They describe the situation in South Africa as they perceived it and how the changes in Zimbabwe and Namibia infl...

The total onslaught: How does it look from Moscow?

"Consideration of the external threat to South Africa should not be a matter of party politics. One sometimes has the impression that talk of a "total onslaught" is regarded in some quarters as an exaggerated slogan used as a device for enhancing...

Perceptions of western attitudes to South Africa three views

"The three articles in this paper are the texts of addresses to three separate meetings of a study group on the politics of perceptions, held at Jan Smuts House on 26 November 1981, 26 January 1981 and 24 March 1982. They present the views of a ...

BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperi...

Senghor speaks on Africa

"This is the edited text of an interview in French, given by former President Leopold Sedar Senghor on 13 February, 1982, to Christine von Gamier,correspondent for Agence France-Presse, the Journal de Geneve and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung." This re...

Whither South Africa?

"Southern Africa has today arrived at the crossroads, and whatever might have been the issues that united or divided its peoples in the past, the choice which confronts them today is clear; it is -between the institution of a free enterprise ec...

SWA/Namibie: Probleme en beleidskeuses verbonde aan politieke oorgang

"This paper sets out to attempt three things. Firstly, to advance a theoretical perspective based largely on the work of Rothchild and Curry (1978) on the problems generated by political transition in the case of most new states. Secondly, to defi...

Thinking about South Africa from afar

This paper discusses the foreign policy of the United States towards South Africa and whether sanctions will be beneficial to change the apartheid policy in South Africa. Four scenarios to end apartheid is dicussed namely reformmongering, revoluti...

The outlook for Southern Africa: a view from Europe

The theme for this paper is the future of South Africa and how the Europeans perceive this to be, based on the political development and history in Europe. The methods used for political predictions is being explained. Reasons for the European rea...

New tools for reform and stability: Sanctions, conditionalists and conflict resolution

"The book begins with an analysis of the logic of conflict in Africa and then examines current thinking and UN practice on sanctions, the case of Iraq and those of India and Pakistan. The focus then shifts to Southern Africa, where the role of dif...

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