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Conflict Trends Issue 2 2004

"This special edition of Conflict Trends is dedicated to giving an overview of peacekeeping in Africa. It explores peacekeeping from a global United Nations and African perspective, and examines various African case studies. It is our hope that it w…

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2002

"This special issue on peacekeeping comes two years, almost to the month, after the release of a report from the panel of experts on United Nations peace operations – the so-called Brahimi Report. In this issue, we look at what progress has been mad…

Other Facets no 24

‘Venezuela attacks PAC: inaction damages Kimberley Process: NGOs’ documents the violence and ineptitude that mark Venezuela’s diamond controls. In ‘Worries about illicit trade: KP effectiveness questioned’ a hot topic at the June Kimberley Process i…

The Troubled Road to Peace: Reflections on the Complexities of Resolving the Political Impasse in Madagascar

"Madagascar was thrown into political crisis in 2009 by an unconstitutional change in leadership which replaced Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina as head of state. Over the past four years this crisis deteriorated into a firmly-embedded politic…

Blue Helmets for Africa: India’s Peacekeeping in Africa

"In this paper, all references to ‘the Congo’ denote the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), and not the Republic of Congo (or Congo–Brazzaville). This paper explores India’s peacekeeping efforts in Africa over the last five decades. It a…

Kabila is dead - Long live Kabila? Prospects for stability and recovery in the DRC

"This report examines the prospects for recovery in the DRC through a background description of the Congo during the two stages of Kabila's rule. The current economic environment and reforms is discussed and the posibility of political stability, ec…

South West Africa/Namibia: The south African Government's response to the U.N Secretary-General's report on teh implementation of the Western proposal

This is the statement of the Prime Minister John Vorster on the issue of South West Africa in 1978. South West Africa was administered as a mandated territory and since 1946 South Africa made it their policy to continue the administering. The South …

"Namibia and human rights" A report on the Dakar Conference and its implications for the South West Africa Issue

This paper explains the issue that was discussed at the Conference in Dakar on Namibia and human rights. However the main focus of the conference was the South African administering or occupation of South West Africa and the issues around the withdr…

South Africa and the Commonwealth political, strategic, economic

This paper is divided into three sections. In the first part the political situation in South Africa is discussed and background is given on the political parties of the time. The relationship of South Africa with Britain is given attention as Brita…

Observations on African voting in the United Nations, concerning the Israeli-Arab conflict

The voting by the independent states of Africa in the United Nations General Assembly Session concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict shows interesting differences and gives rise to some significant observations. This paper attempts to throw some light…

Chapter XI (i.e. articles 73 & 74) of the United Nations Charter and a self governing Transkei

This paper deals with the question of Transkeian independence and if this territory will fall within Article 73 that deals with Non-Self-governing territories. The solution to this is however not easy to find and as Transkei is still dependend on So…

Sanctions against South Africa

This paper is the result of a study group on sanctions against South Africa. The first paper discusses the sanctions against South Africa in the EEC. The implications of sanctions as well as the reasons for implementing sanctions against Africa from…

South West Africa and the United Nations: South African letter addressed to the U. N Secretary-General on 27 January 1976

"This paper contains the full text of a letter, dated 27 January, 1976 addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations' by the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Ambassador R.F. Botha. There can be no doubt that…

Repercussions: Zambia, Rhodesia and South West Africa

In this report the author is discussing the problems of 3 different countries, namely Zambia, Rhodesia and South West Africa. The slow deterioration of Zambia's economy after their decision to move against Rhodesia is not at an end. Numerous problem…

Rhodesia - after the tiger

"Much of the confusion which attended the failure of the Talks on the Tiger in December last, and the subsequent rejection by the Rhodesian Government of the terms of the draft memorandum for a settlement, was due to the attempt to deal in one doc…

U.D.I. in Rhodesia

In this paper the focus is mainly on Rhodesia and the economic sanctions. However the background to the Commonwealth in connection with British rule is being described and followed by the dilemma Rhodesia faced because of the Labour Party. The polit…

The loss of innocence: Some thoughts on the discipline of international relations and on South Africa's International Dilemma

"In my attempt to understand the reason for the existence of the gaping chasm that appears to divide the separate worlds of the visionaries on the one hand and the commonsense realists on the other, I have pondered on the question of innocence, and …

Beyond de-mining: Capacity building & socio-economic consequences

"Landmines and unexploded ordnance are a global problem, with more than 80 countries affected. This volume focuses on three major areas: first, national mine action capacities as long-term and sustainable solutions to countries' landmine problems; s…

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 diffe…

Somalia - the dark side of humanity

This brief report describes the conflict in Somalia, which originates in the fact that General Mohammed Farah Aidid do not recognise Ali Mahdi as the interim president, leading to armed conflict. During the Cold War, the US and the USSR viewed Somal…

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