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Africa Needs its own ‘G-Club’ to Meet the Challenges at Home and Globally

Forming ‘clubs of states’ to resolve common problems is proving an effective global alternative to the multilateral institutions of yesteryear. Organisations with labels like G20 and G8 are developing solutions that have eluded their formal, ineff...

Rhodesia: the opening of negotiations

It is essential that the negotiations around the independence of Rhodesia is increasing. Several discussions between different parties has been taking place and the sanction card was exhausted but still no agreement was reached. The possiblity of ...

Towards China Inc? Assessing the implications for Africa

"The combined economies of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong amount to US$1.437 trillion making ‘Greater China’ the fourth largest economy in the world. Driven by exports China’s GDP growth averaged 9.7% in the two decades to 2000. Average GDP growth wa...

Japan and South Africa Deepening Economic Relations

"This report will focus primarily on economic relations between Japan and South Africa since the establishment of full diplomatic links between the two countries in 1992. These relations need to be viewed within the context of relations during the...

Zambia's diplomacy in disarray

Zambia’s President Chiluba was expected to make positive changes for the good of Zambia. However he has antagonised virtually all of Zambia’s partners and his conduct with regard to foreign affairs can only be described as disastrous. This report ...

Rhodesia rides a tiger

This paper focuses on the process undertaken to negotiate independence for Rhodesia before the formal negotiation on the H M S Tiger and what happened after the negotiations ended. In the first period before the formal process started proposals f...

Africa and the Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean

"Throughout the history of the Indian Ocean, littoral, island and extra-regional states have vied to secure their trade routes,which in turn affects Africa. By reviewing the stakeholders’ dynamics in the Indian Ocean, the implications and challeng...

The Chair of the African Union What prospect for institutionalisation?

"This paper is an in-depth analysis on the chair of the African Union. After providing a historical overview, the author explains the modalities for the election of AU chairs and their functions. She then compares different styles of chairmanship ...

The role and place of the African Standby Force within the African Peace and Security Architecture

"This paper seeks to highlight the importance and place of the ASF within the APSA and critically examines the potential of the ASF and the challenges facing it as one of the most important mechanisms for the AU’s strategic response to conflicts....

The AU and the Challenge of Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa

"This paper examines the policy position of the AU with regard to ‘Unconstitutional Changes of Government’(UCG)in Africa. After analysing the definition of the concept or phenomenon of UCG, at least from the viewpoint of the African Union (AU), wi...

Beyond the barracks: Reflections on the role of the SADF in the region

This paper gives theoretical observations on civil-military relations in South Africa and examines the role of the SADF in the region, with emphasis on Namibia and Angola. There are three patterns of interaction in civil-military relations in S...

Turning Elections into a Development Asset in Africa

"This contribution seeks to highlight the fact that properly conducted elections (based on genuine and effective functioning electoral machinery and respect for the will and choices of the people with respect to those who seek to govern them) in a...

The Panel of the Wise: A Comprehensive Introduction to a Critical Pillar of the African Peace and Security Architecture

"This paper is an attempt to provide a comprehensive introduction to the recently established Panel of the Wise of the African Union. It commences with an overview of the developments leading up to the establishment of the Panel of the Wise, its ...

The African Standby Force An Update on Progress

"This paper provides an update and commentary on the progress that has been made during the last three years on the establishment of the African Standby Force. After providing an overview of the concept, subsequent sections deal with the command a...

Somalia: the Intervention Dilemma

"This Policy Brief examines the apparent urgency to increase AMISOM force levels. It interrogates the AU’s interventionist strategy in Somalia, including the planned troop surge, analyses the terrorist dimension of the bombings, drawing parallels...

What do we think? A survey of white opinion on foreign policy issues no 4

This document describes the results of a survey of white South African opinion on foreign and domestic issues, confirming both the constants and shifts in opinion since the previous surveys. The survey was conducted by a self-completion questionna...

Developments in Southern Africa

This document focuses on developments in southern Africa, where the change in its domestic policies has been followed by a change in the quality of its international relations. The new approach by the South African Government has had a positive im...

Sudan Scenarios to Strategies Workshop

"The workshop aimed to provide a relaxed and informal setting in which various influential Sudanese opinion formers from various parts of the social and political spectrum could reflect on what might happen in their country before and after the r...

Report of the 3rd African Conference of Commandants. Hosted by the Egyptian Command and Staff College, Cairo, Egypt, 9 – 13 November 2009

"The agenda of the 3rd ACoC focused on the following issues: The training method and combat doctrine of the ASF, The role of Regional Economic Communities (RECs)in the implementation of ASF Doctrine, The role of African think tanks in military edu...

Women and Peacebuilding in Africa

"The numerous efforts to eradicate gender-based violence, mitigate the differential burdens that women bear during conflict, facilitate women’s participation in peacebuilding,and achieve their overall empowerment has borne fruit through substantiv...

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