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South Africa: Optimising the Currency of Soft Power in the International Arena

"A conscious and consistent adherence to the currency of soft power could enable South Africa to push through a national, an African and a more humane global agenda of immense magnitude in the overall international arena. However, effective commun...

Beyond the signature: Appraisal of the Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement (GPA) and Implications for Intervention

"This Policy and Practice Brief assesses the outcomes of the GPA, appraises the performance of the Government of National Unity and examines the implications of the Zimbabwe situation on sustainable peace in Southern Africa. It makes proposals and...

Is Botswana advancing or regressing in its democracy?

"There is wide consensus among academics and political analysts that Botswana has been hailed as one of the “old democracies” in Africa, but that there have been reports of political wrangling in the country. Landsberg maintains that the southern ...

Women Transforming Conflicts in Africa: Descriptive Studies from Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sudan

"There is evidence of successful efforts to constructively respond to conflict and to undertake transformation, reconstruction and reconciliation in Africa. The inclusion of women as a strategic constituency is central to sustaining and consolidat...

Client Power, Citizen Participation, Institutions and Services Delivery: Theory and Evidence with Special Emphasis on Africa

"This paper discusses the impact of alternative institutional arrangements of service delivery on clients’ power, with special emphasis on Africa. It reviews the existing economic literature with regard to the rationale for institutionalizing clie...

Impact of China and India on Politics and Governance in SSA: Issues and Challenges

"What can Africa make of this new interest by China and India on African affairs, political and economic? This paper lays out a framework for the study of one dimension of these issues, the interplay between politics at the international and the ...

Lessons from Nigeria’s 2011 Elections

"With the April 2011 general elections, Nigeria may have taken steps towards reversing the degeneration of its previous elections, but the work is not finished. Despite some progress, early and intensive preparations for the 2015 elections need t...

The Rhodesian Elections: April 1979

This analysis of the Rhodesian election which were held to elect seventy two black common roll members of parliament covers the election and constitution, and the voting procedure. Intimidation took place in the absence of peace and this had an in...

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...

Election Synopsis Volume 1 No. 3, 2004

"Bob Jones provides a valuable overview of the smorgasboard of parties which is being presented to the voters, with helpful comparative reference to party choice which was available in 1994 and 1999. Janet Cherry examines how the party lists are c...

Election Synopsis Volume 1 No. 2, 2004

"This issue focuses on the central question of electoral behaviour: What influences the political choices of the electorate? Do voters make purely rational, instrumental, technical and utilitarian decisions, when choosing to vote for a particular ...

Election Synopsis Volume 1, No. 4, 2004

"The articles in this final edition of election synopsis illustrate that these commentators were wrong, and that the actual results of the elections point to enormous complexities and nuances within voting behaviour, and dynamics between and withi...

Beyond the numbers: Women’s Participation in the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation

"Since the end of the Cold War, much international attention has focused on identifying which factors within a mediation process contribute to sustainable peace. Research by academics and practitioners alike has identified several important areas...

Burundi: The End of the Tunnel?

"The relief of the international community, which had laboured so long to achieve the desired breakthrough, was reflected in the agreement reached with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on 28 and 29 January 2009, to cancel 92 per ...

Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (I): Egypt Victorious?

"It is early days, and the true measure of what the Egyptian people have accomplished has yet to fully sink in. Some achievements are as clear as they are stunning. Over a period of less than three weeks, they challenged conventional chestnuts ab...

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...

The Root Causes of the Conflict in Ivory Coast

"The conflict in Ivory Coast is a by-product of deep-seated cleavages revolving around ethnicity, nationality and religion. Politicians tapped into these differences to consolidate their monopoly on power, and in the process, pushed the country to...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 3, 1988

This International Affairs Bulletin contains three articles: S. Akritides’ article analyses the prominence of idealism in US foreign policy concerning isolationism and messianism, with regard to the initiatives undertaken by the Nixon, Carter a...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 57

The Southern Africa Record contains the following text: Speeches by the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, President Fidel Castro from Cuba in Angola relating to the Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and Hidipo Hamukenya from Swapo on Namibia...

Zimbabwe: The Road to Reform or Another Dead End?

"Intensified violence against those deemed to be ZANUPF enemies has exposed the limitations of Zimbabwe’s much delayed reform process and threatens to derail the Global Political Agreement (GPA). President Mugabe’s call for early elections has in...

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