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Issue-Based Politics vs Personality-Based Politics A Tale of Two Nations

The question of whether the South African and American political environments have been dominated mostly by personality-based politics as opposed to issue-based politics is important to address. The argument in this paper is that although there i...

Geneva was Quick – but How Deep Will Paris Go?

In this blog, the climate negotiation process and following agreements were briefly discussed. Ideas on key areas by all delegates/negotiators were put on the table – on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, capacity‐building and transpare...

Health Care Reform in the US and in South Africa: Does New Policy Cure the Disease or Merely Alleviate the Symptoms?

"Both South Africa and the United States (US) have proposed and implemented extensive health care reform in their respective countries within the last two years. For the US, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was meant to over...

Navigating the US Congressional Process of Reauthorising AGOA

"The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides eligible African countries with duty-free access to the US market, is scheduled to expire on 30 September 2015. While some believe reauthorisation will be resolved at the US–Africa ...

Making AGOA work for Africa

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) offers duty-free access to the largest market in the world, and has the potential to be a major driving force in African development. Thus far, however, it has failed to live up to its potential.US imp...

China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy

"China is an increasingly important player in the politics, economic development and security of Africa. Historically, China has prioritized strong diplomatic relations and political ties with African states with an ideological aspiration anchore...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act An Empirical Analysis of the Possibilities Post-2015

"This report provides an analysis of outcomes of U.S.-Africa trade under five categories of post-2015 scenarios. These scenarios look at the trade and income implications of i) not extending AGOA beyond 2015; ii) expanded product eligibility for A...

Energy Management News Vol 20 No 2

This edition of Energy Management News features the following articles entitled as follows: Awareness key for oil and gas players, looking to tap into South Africa’s energy renaissance. Renewable energy and the 12L energy efficiency tax incentive...

The Impact of Obama’s Election on Democracy and Governance Discourse in Africa

"This paper argues that the financial crises in the United States and globally have opened up the possibility for thinking quite differently about the role of the state in governance, the role of the state in development, and the interface between...

Other Facets no 30

‘Zimbabwe: Massacre, smuggling and KP dithering’ talks about how in January, the Kimberley process was urged by NGOs, industry representatives and some governments to deal with reports of an October 2008 massacre of artisanal diamond diggers by th...

Other Facets no 28

In ‘Venezuela Saga Continues’ Venezuela has been a thorn in the side of the Kimberley Process – and the industry it seeks to protect – almost from the beginning. A charter member of the KP from 2003, Venezuela basically stopped reporting on diamon...

The United States and Africa in the Obama Era: New wine in old bottles, old bottles for a new beverage - Or a new label on an old brew?

"This policy brief takes as its basic position that, historically, American policy – or, more properly, policies – towards Africa have been an extension of how the US characterises its national interest – in the same fashion as policies towards E...

President Jimmy Carter's recent trip to Latin America and Africa (March/April, 1978)

"The aim of this brief report is to try and place the recent four-nation odyssey of the American President into some perspective in the context of US foreign policy as it has emerged in the past 400 days. The trip, much like Carter's foreign poli...

One size doesn't fit all: Deal breaker issues in the failed US-SACU free trade negotiations

"This volume is part of a larger effort to raise awareness among members of the South African business community of the importance to their own interests of the issues at stake in an FTA negotiation, and of the possibilities inherent in compromise...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record No 30

This document contains articles and statements on the relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, statements by South African Ministers to the government of Mozambique and Namibia as well as the address at the South African Development Co-ordinat...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 45

An extract from Treaty on the Lesotho Highlands Water project between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho is contained in this volume. It also includes text on the final Bill of “the Comprehe...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 33

Namibia is the focus of this publication. The United Nations Security Council debate in 1983 was held at the request of the African Group and the Group of non-aligned countries. Statements from key representatives are included. The last article ‘...

The Outlook for American Policies towards South Africa in 1985

The beginning of the year has seen South African relations with the U. S at the top of the foreign policy agenda. Developments in five inter-related areas namely protests, legislation in the US congress as well as states and cities, the Sullivan c...

A constructive approach to constructive engagement

"This paper discusses the constructive engagement policy of America towards South Africa during the Carter administration and beyond. The influence that this policy had on South Africa as well as the reaction of the South African Government on its...

Namibia since Geneva

"The purpose of this paper is to reflect on diplomatic efforts by the Western powers to reach a negotiated settlement of the Namibian saga. Understandably one can only reflect on the major features of what has become a lengthy diplomatic soap o...

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