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President Salva Kiir Mayardit's Visit to Khartoum: Goals and Outcomes

President Kiir’s visit to Khartoum, a response to President al-Bashir’s invitation, came at a moment of desperation in South Sudan, and as such, was not optimum in terms of its gains for South Sudan. In view of the agreements the President signed,...

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 ...

The importance of Japan/South Africa relations

As South Africa proceeds towards a negotiated political settlement, a better relationship between South Africa and Japan has become of prime importance. Relations between the countries have already been considerably strengthened. The policy of the...

Peacemaking in Southern Africa: Breathing life into Angolan darkness

This document discusses the Windhoek tripartite meeting on 4 June 1993 between the Foreign Ministers of Namibia, Angola and South Africa to explore bilateral and tripartite issues concerning all three countries. The ‘Windhoek Declaration’ indi...

Bridging the Gulf? Exploring South African ties with the countries of the Gulf Region

"This paper examines the nature of current South African ties with the Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq and Iran, and identifies areas in which there might be a conflict of interest and...

US-SA Relations after Mandela

US-SA relations are at an important juncture. Sub-Sahara maters to the US government for four reasons, namely National security, Politics, Economy and health. This update focuses on the relationship between SA and US and is looking at the future ...

The Comoros: Island politics and economic constraints

"The off-shore Indian Ocean Islands of the Comoros have received, press coverage which suggests a breakthrough fot Pretoria's diplomacy. This Brief Report focusses on the following; 1 Background Information and Statistics; 2 Political Developme...

Malawi update - Political and economic trends

"This background Briefing updates Brief Reports Nos. 36 and 51 and deals with recent political trends - including the crucial issue of the successor to the ageing President Kamuzu Hastinqs Banda; recent economic developments, Malawi's relations w...

SA and West Africa: Between Democracy and despair?

"President Nelson Mandela looks set to attend the inauguration of Nigeria's President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May. Nigeria's democratisation process has placed the spotlight on West Africa, a region overshadowed since independence by a combi...

External engagement experiences from Ghana and Mozambique

"The two case studies in this report, Ghana and Mozambique, are poor countries with low human development indicators, who have experienced substantial political turmoil since their independence. Ghana witnessed a number of military coups, while M...

South Africa: Reaching Out

According to the conference paper, no country can grow in isolation and the effects can be felt in areas such as trade, political thought, science and technology, culture and sport. World War II saw dramatic changes in the world (economic, technol...

Britain's Relation with South Africa

"A great deal of the historical studies of the Anglo-South African relationship are based on the premise that Britain won the war in South Africa in 1902 but was impotent in the face of local white assertion. The main aim of this paper would be to...

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