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Rhodesia - the tide turns

In June 1966 the sanctions against Rhodesia was forcing the economy of Rhodesia to a standstill. However the six principles that the British government wanted Rhodesia to accept would mean complete surrender by the Smith government. In July the to...

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 population explosion and international relations

This article briefly summarises some of the problems of population increase.Population increase is comparatively modern, and due to a declining mortality rate rather than rising birth rates. Primary factors contributing to this decline are: an inc...

Botswana after Sir Seretse Khama

Since Botswana became independent 1966, it enjoyed political stability and adhered to its democratic constitution. No matter who succeeds Sir Seretse, a smooth transition is expected and the new president will probably continue his policies. Du...

The German Elections: Implications for South Africa

"This paper discusses the runup to the 1995 German elections. It is argued that the outcome of elections is likely to have little impact on German policy towards South Africa which has remained constant and favourable even during the apartheid ye...

The China orange: Two South African views based on recent visits to the far east

This paper contains two articles based on recent visits to China. The first article looks in turn at Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, and concludes that China will change, economically at first, then politically. Economic forces will draw Tai...

Continuity and change in South Africa's present and future foreign policy

This occasional paper concerns questions relating to the domestic political, economic and social character of the post-apartheid state, examines a number of assumptions commonly held about South Africa’s foreign policy in the post-apartheid period...

The Establishment and Implications of the United States Africa Command

"The paper is divided into three parts. The first part assesses the structures and patterns of US foreign policy making in dealing with issues related to Africa. It also addresses the perceived interests of the US in Africa, which is second only t...

Sudan’s Foreign Relations with Asia China and the Politics of ‘looking east’

"This paper contextualises the position of China in Sudan today. It offers a general account aimed at capturing key trends, providing a snapshot of the dynamic landscape of Sudanese politics. China’s role in Sudan has received wide attention, not...

The Soviet Union and Southern Africa

This document discusses the involvement of the Soviet Union in southern Africa, giving the historical background of Soviet African policies, describing the basic Soviet approach since the end of the 1960s, and its interventionist policies from 197...

American attitudes towards South Africa: Constructive engagement and the divestment debate

This background briefing describes American attitudes toward South Africa. The importance for the Reagan Administration of the policy of constructive engagement was emphasised in an address of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Mr...

Rhodesia: The elections and afterwards

This brief report is a version of an interview with the Director of the Institute, Mr. John Barratt, which appeared in Die Vaderland on 33 February 1980. Mr Barratt answered questions on the following subjects: • Whether the election in Rhodesi...

Some general impressions of current U.S. Policy towards South Africa

This brief report on current American policy towards South Africa is based on impressions by a representative group of South Africans on a study tour of the US. Generally, American foreign policy seems confused and lacking direction. US relations ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 56

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: • South Africa, Namibia and Angola - Texts of UN Security Council Resolution 628 and 629, 16 January 1989 ; 632, 16 February 1989. - Text of UN Council for Namibia Decree No. 1. - T...

South Africa’s Second Term at the UN Security Council: Managing Expectations

"This paper provides a short section on how global shifts in power may impact upon the Council and the associated chances for reform, before examining key themes and issues that South Africa will likely have to confront during its imminent tenure...

Iran: Will the new president make a difference? (The ongoing battle of wills with the US)

This report discusses the Iranian situation and the presidential elections that took place in 2005. The newly elected president is known for his conservatist approach and will focus on the economic issues for Iran and the challenge of how to deal ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 8, no. 1, 1984

This edition of the Bulletin contains the texts of five papers presented at a conference on "South Africa and its Neighbours: Policy Questions for the 1980V. The first article by Robert Legvold discusses the threat that the Soviet Union holds fo...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 8, no. 1, 1976

This newsletter contains four articles and three brief reports: Ian M. Hume’s article discusses the World Bank and its assistance to Africa. It gives a general outline of the Bank and its structural framework and structure of operations before foc...

Changing Paradigm in Somalia

"Over the last eight years,the international community, whether intentionally or not,has addressed the Somali crisis principally through a counter-terrorist approach. For a number of reasons alluded to in this text, such an attempt to provide a s...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 36

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: South Africa and Swaziland: agreements and discussions on security matters and trade; South Africa and Angola and Namibia: Letters to the UN Security council from South Africa and Angola wi...

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