Botswana: Recent history and current developments

"Botswana,1 one of South Africa's closest neighbours, has recently been subject to some press interest. At the end of 1981, the focus was on Botswana's military capability and the possibility that Botswana had received arms from the Soviet Union. In May this year, it was reported that Botswana's President, Dr Ouett Masire, had declared a State of emergency in the face of widespread drought in Botswana. This Brief Report deals with recent developments in Botswana and is divided into : 1) Background Information and Statistics 2) Political Background 3) Economic Developments 4) Poreign Policy Issues 5) An Assessment."