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Voices of Disquiet on the Malawian Airwaves

"Human Rights NGOs are considered vanguards in the struggle against injustice and authoritarianism in Africa. But their narrow focus on civil and political rights neglects widely held economic grievances. In Malawi, an audience-driven radio progr...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 9, no. 1, 1985

"In this number of the Bulletin we have elected to present our readers with two lengthy but significant articles. The first is the fruit of co-operation between Heribert Adam and Stanley Uys. Although new developments in relations between South...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 2, 1981

This issue focuses on the Executive summary on the political outlook conference held in 1981. Topics included the changing world around South Africa, the major foreign policy positions of the Reagan Administration, France’s Africa policy and books...

Zimbabwe's Marange Diamonds and the need for reform of the Kimberley Process

"In November 2011 the Kimberley Process (KP) approved the sale of diamonds from Zimbabwe’s Marange region. The decision follows two years of contention and debate regarding human rights abuses perpetrated in the mining area and the question of wh...

A Survey of South Africa's Political and Economic Position in the World

“The main focus of this paper will be on the political aspects of South Africa’s external relations. But it is not possible to separate politics and economics in this field or in any other. There is perhaps a tendency to think that economic relati...

Measuring and Monitoring Progress towards good Governance in Africa: The African Governance Report II (AGRII)

"The overall objective of the governance project is to monitor the progress of African states towards good governance. The objectives therefore are to monitor the country's progress towards good governance, through examination of political represe...

South Africa in the Post-Cold War World

"The author set himself the task of examining South Africa's position in the post-Cold War world. This involved looking at the nature and impact of recent changes in international affairs, and how they have affected South Africa. His first step ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 47 and 48

“Southern Africa Record contains the original texts of or extracts from, important statements by political leaders, government representatives and international organisations, concerning international relations in the southern region of Africa. In...

Kenya’s New Constitution and Conflict Transformation

"The infamous 2007/8 post-election violent conflict that engulfed Kenya and attracted global attention was by no means unprecedented. Indeed, the country’s history includes episodes of violent conflict, some of the causes of which are still unreso...

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...

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