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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 1975 …

How long can Zaire survive?

This brief report deals with three topics: President Mobuto’s attempts to rescue Zaire’s troubled economy in order to receive further Western aid; the failure of communism in the People’s Republic of the Congo, which is turning to the capitalist wor…

Morocco and South Africa globalisation, development and pivotal states

Both Morocco and South Africa are key states in their respective regions in an age when regional integration is both a stepping stone to fuel global participation and competitiveness for African development. This paper then focus on the similarities…

From Angola to Zimbabwe: Conflict resolution and governance in Africa

"The Southern African region has reached a critical juncture in its political and economic development. Recent events in Zimbabwe and Angola bring into sharp relief the divergence in political and economic standards, norms and values, where today…

Swaziland at a crossroad

"On August 21, 1982 King Sobhuza II died at the age of 83. His sixty-one years of continuous rule, unparalleled in modern history, ensured Swaziland political stability and economic prosperity. However, the very length of the reign now presents th…

The UN Security Council Visits South Sudan: A Symbolic Act of Peace

Members of the United Nations Security Council, under the co-chairmanship of South Africa and the United States, visited South Sudan last week on the 20thof October 2019. The visit came as the deadline for the formation of the Revitalized Transition…

Ghana's 2012 Elections: Lessons Learnt Towards Sustaining Peace and Democratic Stability

This policy paper discusses the security challenges that emerged before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the declaration of the election results. Based on the identified challenges in all three phases of the elections, it draws key lessons …

La Paix dans la Région des Grands Lacs: Lecture d’une Approche Régionale / Peace in the Great Lakes Region: Time for a Regional Approach

The countries of the Great Lakes region face the possibility of rising regional tensions which could lead to renewed violence. Relations between Uganda and Rwanda are at a historical low, and the heightened tensions between Rwanda and Burundi are en…

L’impasse Politique en RDC / The Political Impasse in DRC

At the outset, I think I should point out that the management of circumstantial political agreements is not usually a simple matter. In particular, in African states, most of which are still trying to establish solid democratic benchmarks, the coali…

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