"This edition of Synopsis forms part of the Centre for Policy Studies-Trust Africa project on Regional Citizenship and Identity, and we start with an apt preoccupation on ‘regional citizenship and identity’ in southern Africa as an emerging concern on the South and southern African governance agenda. Citizenship and identity in southern Africa is emerging as an increasing concern of political and policy analysts in the sub-continent and beyond in the rest of Africa. With the ushering in of the African Union (AU) at the beginning of the millennium, regional integration increasingly occupied added importance as a focus of governance, especially regarding how the continent’s citizens are affected by government policies that either promote or inhibit Africa’s consolidation into larger supra-national economic and political communities."