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Burundi: To Integrate the FNL Successfully

Excerpt: "The Burundi peace process has made much progress in recent months. The last rebel group, the Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People – National Forces of Liberation (Palipehutu-FNL), has renounced the use of arms and been registered ...

Whither Human Rights in African International Relations?

"Strict observance of state sovereignty, once a mainstay of international relations, has given way to a global concern to protect human rights wherever they are threatened. On paper, at least, Africa shares this international commitment in its est...

Human Rights in Foreign Policy and Practice: The South African Case Considered

"This paper opens with a look at the questions posed by Peter Baehr, an authority on the relationship between human rights and foreign policy, such as whether countries should attempt to promote human rights through foreign policy and how they can...

Paddles for Kimberley: An Agenda for Reform

"The Kimberley Process was designed to halt the phenomenon of conflict diamonds and to ensure that it would not recur. In many ways the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was a remarkable initiative in terms of its originality and scope, and...

Prospects of the SPLA/M's Transition into a Political Party in Sudan

"This paper argues that the predominant circumstances in Sudan are likely to prevent the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) from evolving into a political party. At present, the political class in the North has not reached a consensu...

Chinese Migration in Africa

"With all the scholarly and media interest in the China/Africa relationship of late, it is somewhat surprising that so little has been written about Chinese migrants in Africa. What little is published in media reports often presents the Chinese i...

What's Urdu for Biltong? Can South Africa Help Pakistan?

"Following its democratic turn in 1994, Nelson Mandela wrote the year previously, the second pillar of South African foreign policy would be the principle ‘that just and lasting solutions to the problems of humankind can only come through the prom...

Southern Africa in retrospect: The views of two foreign correspondents

This paper is the viewpoint of the political situation in South Africa during the 1970s as experienced by two foreign correspondents. They describe the situation in South Africa as they perceived it and how the changes in Zimbabwe and Namibia infl...

South Africa in the American mind

It is neccessary to focus on the fluctuating American policy towards South Africa to explain the American attitude. Before the Second World War South Africa did not exist for Americans but gradually after that Americans became aware of South Afric...

The free world and South Africa

Senator McGovern addressed SAIIA on 7 December 1978 on an issue that was similar to the American situation 200 years ago namely maintaining security and stability whilst advancing freedom and justice. The Senator described the free world and what ...

"Namibia and human rights" A report on the Dakar Conference and its implications for the South West Africa Issue

This paper explains the issue that was discussed at the Conference in Dakar on Namibia and human rights. However the main focus of the conference was the South African administering or occupation of South West Africa and the issues around the with...

South Africa's role in Africa

South Africa’s position in Africa cannot be properly assessed without an overall view of the composition of the Republic’s population. The relations between the various communities will have a crucial effect on relations with the rest of Africa. I...

The Commonwealth in the 21st Century

"The Commonwealth has a number of strengths, among them the very fact that its varied membership, commodities and trans-regional nature prevent it from becoming a vehicle for any narrow interest or fleetingly fashionable ideology. Nevertheless, a ...

Morocco and South Africa globalisation, development and pivotal states

Both Morocco and South Africa are key states in their respective regions in an age when regional integration is both a stepping stone to fuel global participation and competitiveness for African development. This paper then focus on the similariti...

The Ogaden Region: A Fragile Path To Peace

"The Ogaden region in the Southeast of Ethiopia has been at the centre of an ongoing dispute between the Ethiopian government and rebels of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). Since 1984, the ONLF, an ethnic Somali rebel movement, has wag...

Peacemaking and democracy in Southern Africa: An American View

This article describes peacemaking and democracy in Southern Africa from an American point of view. It places South Africa into the global context of recent changes in the world, states the grounds for optimism in Southern Africa, and lists dynami...

Migration, Urbanisation and Sustainable Livelihoods in South Africa

"Crises present both opportunities and dangers. When facing turmoil in the 1980s, South Africa embraced an aggressive agenda of social, economic, and political transformation. The results are imperfect, but few question the underlying wisdom of th...

Irregular Migration to South Africa During the First Ten Years of Democracy

"Irregular migration poses a considerable problem for South Africa in migration management, population planning, infrastructure development, resource management, governance, social services, economic development and security. A government can onl...

The UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers: The Ratification Non-Debate

"In order to better understand the relevance of the Convention to South Africa, it is necessary to examine the history of the ICMW and why other countries have been so hesitant to ratify it. Second, it is necessary to provide an overview of migran...

The Perfect Storm: The Realities of Xenophobia in Contemporary South Africa

"The world recently watched with dismay as South African citizens violently attacked foreign nationals in communities across the country. Tens of thousands of migrants were displaced, amid mass looting and destruction of foreign-owned homes, prope...

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