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SWA/Namibie: Probleme en beleidskeuses verbonde aan politieke oorgang

"This paper sets out to attempt three things. Firstly, to advance a theoretical perspective based largely on the work of Rothchild and Curry (1978) on the problems generated by political transition in the case of most new states. Secondly, to define…

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Namibia

"The study argues that democracy in Namibia is underpinned by liberal precepts. Liberal democracy and its preoccupation with individual liberties is, however, insufficient in a developing context such as that of Namibia. Sustaining democracy in Nami…

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region : Transitions and Prospects for Consolidation

"The main point of departure for this regional research enterprise is the recognition that the entire African continent and the SADC region in particular, have made tremendous strides towards the embracing and institutionalisation of multi-party d…

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 30 No 4 November-December 2018

The November-December 2018 issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB) on political transitions is broaching one of the most critical and contemporary political developments in the region. Over the course of 2018, the HAB has tried to generate perspe…

The Implications of Al Bashir's Downfall on South Sudan

The Sudanese revolutionary forces that brought an end to a 30-year rule of President Omar Al Bashir find a lot of sympathy and support among the ordinary South Sudanese citizens, who, at one point before their own independence, suffered Al Bashir’s …

The South Sudan National Dialogue: What Next?

After nearly 4 years, the ND finally concluded on November 17, 2020, offering broadly appreciated recommendations on a range of state formation and national building matters in South Sudan. This Review, therefore, analyzes the ND by revisiting its m…

Mediating Mass Movements

People power is a defining feature of our time. In 2019, movements in Sudan and Algeria forced entrenched military dictators from power. In Hong Kong, millions of citizens have taken to the streets to demand democratic self-rule. Chile, Colombia, Le…

COVID-19 and the Political Transition in South Sudan

The outbreak of the global pandemic, COVID-19, caught South Sudan in the middle of another political transition after six years of a civil war. The pandemic has had a tremendously negative impact on the political transition in the country. In more s…

Financing the Revival of Sudan’s Troubled Transition

Mounting economic turbulence is rocking Sudan’s delicate political transition. Citizens yearning for an upturn in living conditions, following the popular revolt and military coup that toppled Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, may find their frustration…

National Dialogues in the Horn of Africa: Lessons for Ethiopia’s Political Transition

Ethiopia’s highly praised political transition is contending with long-standing state-building deficits, which are fuelling tensions in the country. The deferral of the national election because of the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated existing polit…

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