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Learning from the Latins: Political and economic transition in Latin America and South Africa

"While no one country ever provides a perfect model for another, it is nonetheless valuable to contrast the experiences and expectations of South Africa with those of various Latin American countries. The diversity among these states provides an ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 7

The contents include an address by the South African Minister of Foreign Affairs (Dr. Hilgard Muller), an address to the Nation by the Rhodesian Prime Minister (Ian D. Smith), a speech by H.E. Sir Seretse Khama (President of Botswana), and an inte...

Proceedings of the 2009 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"This is the eighth and last of the FOPRISA research reports between the Norwegian MFA and BIDPA. The papers discuss the political and economic dimensions of regional cooperation and integration, and the monitoring of SADC. The papers in this volu...

Towards Political and Economic Integration in Southern Africa Proceedings of the 2007 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"The papers assembled in this volume were presented at the 2007 FOPRISA Annual Conference in Durban. The main purpose of this conference was to report on and discuss the research findings from activities undertaken from 2006 to 2007. This volume i...

Encouraging Political Participation in Africa The Potential of Social Media Platforms

"The ‘Arab Spring’ developments have led to debate as to whether an ‘African Spring’ facilitated through the use of social-media-based tools is possible. This report argues that social media have the potential to facilitate the active citizen pol...

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 7, January - March 2012

The following articles are contained in this newsletter. The articles are entitled as follows: Echoes from the Field. 7th KAIPTC/ZIF Lessons Learnt Seminar Held. KAIPTC holds Joint Retreat. Promoting French at the KAIPTC. KAIPTC Wins Peace Ambass...

African Futures 2050 The Next Forty Years

"With this monograph the ISS and the Pardee Center for International Futures combines the deep and wide knowledge of Africa within the ISS with extensive use of the IFs modelling system, this discussion looks across most major issue arenas:demogr...

The Security Sector in Southern Africa

"The case studies in this monograph begin to close the gap by sketching the political environments that are operative in the selected countries; outlining the constitutional clauses and policy and legal frameworks that govern the security sector;...

Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization

"After the attacks of September 11, 2001, a growing number of analysts and policymakers drew a link between the dramatic rise of terrorism in the Middle East and the region’s lack of democracy. The question of whether levels of political rights ...

Leadership, ‘Political Comebacks’ and Succession in Southern Africa - Abstracts

"Cheryl Hendricks introduced the topic of debate by stating that the question of leadership has increasingly become critical in Africa especially with the advent of the ‘new wave of democratization.’ She observed that the first generation leaders ...

The Challenges of Regional Integration in Africa In the Context of Globalisation and the Prospects for a United States of Africa

"In the paper the theme of regional economic integration within the AU’s notion of building a United States of Africa is explored. The validity of the proposition that political integration is a desirable strategy for overcoming Africa’s deep-sea...

The APRM A Case Study in Democratic Institution Building?

"This paper uses an institutional approach in analysing the progress made by the APRM across the currently signed up countries. It argues that the African leadership/government(s) is in the position of gate-keeper in this review exercise, hence, m...

Wading Through a Domestic Political Crisis in a Turbulent Region

"This paper highlights the structural causes of conflict in Chad, and argues that the success of any external intervention in the region will depend on the capacity of the international community to look beyond the narrow lens of the Darfur questi...

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Elections and Beyond

"Firstly there is the need to enhance stability across the whole country. The current violence in North Kivu and the violent incidents in Kinshasa during the electoral period confirmed that the government is unable to provide security and protect ...

The Rhodesian agreement: Aspects and prospects

This document describes aspects and prospects of the Agreement signed in Salisbury on 3 March, 1978, which marked a milestone towards majority rule in Rhodesia. The Agreement was a remarkable achievement, because the negotiating parties succeeded ...

Zambia’s 2006 Elections: Still Trapped in the Transition Gridlock

"Failure to introduce far-reaching constitutional and electoral reforms in the pre-election period may undermine the credibility of Zambia’s 2006 elections. A weak electoral governance system fails to guarantee a level playing field and free and f...

Democratisation at the Crossroads Challenges for the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

"The likely impact of the election principles and guidelines adopted by the SADC Heads of State and Government at the 2004 Summit in Mauritius is open to question. Is democracy equal to, or synonymous with, elections per se? What exactly is the re...

Challenges to a Durable Peace in Burundi

"Extreme care will have to be taken to ensure that Burundi’s forthcoming election will strengthen and reinforce the progress that has been made thus far rather than reverse the gains that have been made. In short,elections should not merely be reg...

Swaziland: The King’s Constitution

"The question of what role the monarchy must play in Swazi politics remains fundamentally untouched. More specifically, this relates to the ways in which a genuinely inclusive political system, one able to incorporate the demands of a “modern” st...

Up-coming Local Elections in Mozambique: Context, Meaning and Relevance

"The results of the up-coming local elections may sketch possible outcomes for the 2004 legislative and presidential elections,but only in a very limited manner, as the rural population, which represents the majority of the Mozambicans,is excluded...

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