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Reflections on the Nigerian-South African Dialogue

"The first session of the Dialogue was closed to the outside public. In this, much was learnt about the history, nature, role and resource-bases of the respective institutions. The second day of the Dialogue covered the political outlook and the f...

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...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 14, no. 3, 1990

In this issue of the bulletin, Smuts House Notes look at South Africa’s transformation process and how it played a small part in the world-wide upheavals of 1990. The first article by Simon Baynham describes the impact of security and defence pol...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 2, 1992

This issue starts with Smuts House Notes talking about how the world can manage only one or possibly two crises at a time. This means that the dominant powers would prefer to concentrate their efforts rather than deal with regional hot spots. It t...

Mozambique: a success story continues?

During Mozambique’s multiparty elections in December 1999, FRELIMO won against RENAMO-UE in the presidential and parliamentary elections. RENAMO refused to accept the results, but the Supreme Court declared them valid. Economically, at the end...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 5, no. 2, 1973

This newsletter contains five articles and three brief reports: Alexandre Aramoun’s article concerns Lebanon’s position in the Middle East, looking at Lebanon’s current politics as well as its history since 1516 to the present, considering the ...

The African Peer Review Mechanism: Assessing Origins, Institutional Relations and Achievements

"This paper assesses the origins of the APRM, the benefits that it has brought to the continent, and the obstacles that militate against success. To assess the impact of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), it is necessary to understand where...

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...

New tools for reform and stability: Sanctions, conditionalists and conflict resolution

"The book begins with an analysis of the logic of conflict in Africa and then examines current thinking and UN practice on sanctions, the case of Iraq and those of India and Pakistan. The focus then shifts to Southern Africa, where the role of dif...

South Africa's second democratic election 1999 An Annotated Bibliography

This bibliography reflects critical assessments, political analyses and academic meditations collated on National and Provincial polls held on 2 June 1999. Literature reflects a renewed interest in the efficacy of the proportional representation s...

Crime, political transition and urban transformation in South Africa and Brazil

"Urban transformation is a critical part of any well-functioning city. The ability to modify and improve existing infrastructure, opportunities, facilities, etc. is essential to stay competitive in a global world.It is also necessary to adapt to ...

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 5

This briefing paper comprises several articles which were written by different authors. Dirk Kotze wrote about the election time table, voter registration and voter’s roll , logistical preparations and electoral infrastructure, the IEC’s involveme...

Local Governance in Lesotho: In Search of an Appropriate Format

"Lesotho has recently undertaken a series of measures to establish local governments, known as Local Authorities. The move is acclaimed as a “measure to increase democracy in government by giving power to the people. This paper attempts to review,...

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