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International Best Practice in Schooling Reform What can South Africa learn from other countries?

"The workshop underscored the fact that the South African education system is largely failing the community it is meant to serve. South African learners perform very badly in international tests of fundamental skills such as numeracy and literacy....

Business and schooling reform: What can we learn from experience in the United States?

"The purpose of this workshop was to establish what the South African business sector could learn from the United States and the experience of companies and business funded approaches to system-wide reform. The purpose of the workshop was to ‘thi...

No Child left behind: Lessons from American school voucher programmes

"In a comprehensive review of America’s public and private school voucher programmes, CHARLES GLENN analyses their outcomes,and argues that South Africa should experiment with school vouchers as a means of expanding access to quality education for...

The New Urban Paradigm: A Radical Departure in City Management

This report describes and analyses the significant new approach to managing cities which developed in the US. The best known feature is the zero tolerance approach to crime. This approach to crime prevention is just one aspect of a comprehensive f...

Creating Urban Citizens: Stephen Goldsmith & America's new urbanism in the city of Indianapolis

Goldsmith commented that all the issues discussed in the review were basically focused on the following principles: safe streets, strong neighbourhoods, and a thriving economy. The organising principle was competition - described as the engine tha...

Trade Policy, Protectionism and the Global Economic Crisis

"This discussion has been among a group of like-minded people who generally see the benefits of free trade. But that view is not necessarily widely held in the broader society, where protectionism attracts a lot of support. That’s why we need to ...

Identifying export opportunities for SACU in the US Market

"Negotiations between SACU and the US, to conclude a free trade agreement, have been stalled owing to substantive differences between the two sides on a broad range of issues. This report examines the goods market access dimension from the stan...

The Establishment and Implications of the United States Africa Command

"The paper is divided into three parts. The first part assesses the structures and patterns of US foreign policy making in dealing with issues related to Africa. It also addresses the perceived interests of the US in Africa, which is second only t...

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...

Some general impressions of current U.S. Policy towards South Africa

This brief report on current American policy towards South Africa is based on impressions by a representative group of South Africans on a study tour of the US. Generally, American foreign policy seems confused and lacking direction. US relations ...

Building States While Fighting Terror: Contradictions in US Strategy in Somalia from 2001 to 2007

"This report suggests that US policy in Somalia since 2001 represents many strong trends in US security thinking.For instance, there has been a revived emphasis on state stability and, conversely,a problematisation of state weakness as a threat. U...

Iran: Will the new president make a difference? (The ongoing battle of wills with the US)

This report discusses the Iranian situation and the presidential elections that took place in 2005. The newly elected president is known for his conservatist approach and will focus on the economic issues for Iran and the challenge of how to deal ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 1, 1988

This International Affairs Bulletin contains three articles: The article by Hennie Kotzé, Pierre du Toit and Jan Gagiano describes options for the US concerning sanctions and South Africa. It address the argument that sanctions will promote a dem...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 8, no. 1, 1976

This newsletter contains four articles and three brief reports: Ian M. Hume’s article discusses the World Bank and its assistance to Africa. It gives a general outline of the Bank and its structural framework and structure of operations before foc...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 36

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: South Africa and Swaziland: agreements and discussions on security matters and trade; South Africa and Angola and Namibia: Letters to the UN Security council from South Africa and Angola wi...

Resolving the Chadian Political Epilepsy: An Assessment of Intervention Efforts

"This situation report analyses and presents an update on the domestic and international responses to the Chadian crisis. It concludes that though the current policy approach is certainly not a panacea to the Chadian crisis, it is a good starting ...

SAIIA Neswletter No. 4, 1969

This newsletter contains the following articles: The first article is the address by the South African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. H. Muller, at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, 30th October, 1969, concerning some aspe...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 5, no. 2, 1973

This newsletter contains five articles and three brief reports: Alexandre Aramoun’s article concerns Lebanon’s position in the Middle East, looking at Lebanon’s current politics as well as its history since 1516 to the present, considering the ...

Why AFRICOM? An American Perspective

"The purpose of AFRICOM is to encourage and support African leadership, not discourage and suppress it. U.S. security is enhanced by African nations being able to address and resolve emerging security issues in their countries, regions and across ...

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 ...

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