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Deepening Trade and Investment Relations Post-AGOA - Three Options for South Africa

"As the US and Africa look to engage at the 2016 annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum under the theme of ‘Maximizing AGOA Now While Preparing for the Future beyond AGOA’, two pertinent issues come to the fore: leveraging AGOA unti…

Upholding Good Governance: Democracy, Elections, and Local Institutions under Political and Social Uncertainty

The first issue brief in this chapter is titled: We need to learn from recent crises in West Africa: Local governance and civil society solutions on pages 94-97. Major progress was made in 2016, firstly with cooperation between African governments,…

Multilateralism: What is the Political (Geo) Resonance for Steel? / Multilatéralisme : Quelle Résonance (Géo) Politique pour l’acier ?

While energy products are clearly at the heart of geopolitical relations, other commodities cannot be neglected to explain certain developments in the international economic and political scene. Steel has been one of these since the 19th century. Wh…

The "Islamic State" Organization: a Continuation of al Qaeda or an Emerging Rift? / L'organisation "Etat Islamique" : Continuation d'Al Qaeda ou émergence en rupture

The establishment of the Mujahideen contingent in 1980, in Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet occupation, opened the door to the globalization of jihadism, which until then had been confined to local and national dimensions. This globalizati…

Chester Crocker on American policies in Southern Africa

This document contains the text of a statement by US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Chester Crocker, before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa in Washington, DC, on September 16, 1981. It is followed by the tex…

Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States

"With the dramatic changes that have taken place over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has become increasingly important to the rest of the world. In the past, relationships for many African countries were dominated by the former colonial powers…

America is Coming to Africa: a Comparison with China

"President Barack Obama visited some African countries in June 2013. Later, he announced that there would be an American-African summit in August of 2014 in Washington. For this purpose he has extended invitation letters to African leaders with the …

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 anchored …

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 AGO…

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. …

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 is …

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 transparenc…

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 Le…

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 impor…

Schooling Reform is Possible Lessons for South Africa from International Experience

"International experiences of schooling reform are varied, but a number of common factors emerged from the presentations. Schooling reform is difficult. And yet, with the right leadership and approach, education systems can make significant gains f…

Three Months of U.D.I

This article looks at Africa's last three months' activities in terms of Unilateral Declarations of Independence (UDI). It also discusses Mr. Wilson's position on his policy towards Rhodesia and then it focuses on sanctions implemented against Rhode…

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…

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…

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…

South Africa and U.S Policy

"The conflict in South Africa is for respect, dignity, participation, privilege, human rights, and civil Liberty liberty, as well as access to and the weilding of power in its rawest form. But instead it has been enormously difficult, for South Afr…

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