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Southern Africa: Issues in Focus

The N1 Between Johannesburg and Pretoria, coutesy of P.Kameraad / Wikimedia Commons
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The N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Pjotr Kameraad.

Whether Southern Africa is moving towards bipolarity or not, its security problems persist alongside its vast economic opportunities. Indeed, as Pretoria struggles to reconcile its regional policies with its actual capabilities, Mozambique’s natural gas discoveries might soon transform its fortunes. The same might not be said for other countries, however. Robert Mugabe’s dubious rule persists in Zimbabwe and Madagascar continues to be gripped by a political crisis that started in 2009.


Challenges and Prospects for Democratic Governance in Southern Africa

04 Oct 2013 / Article

Can Southern Africa translate its relative stability and security into more democratic institutions? It’s possible, say Jakkie Cilliers and Dimpho Motsamai, but old problems stand in the way. They include poverty and inequality, the mixed legacy of liberation-era politics, and a weak commitment to regional unity. More on «Challenges and Prospects for Democratic Governance in Southern Africa»


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

03 Oct 2013 / Article

Ever since Andry Rajoelina ousted President Marc Ravalomanana from power in 2009, Madagascar has been in political crisis. With long-delayed elections finally about to happen, Lesley Connolly evaluates SADC’s roadmap for peace in the country and the efforts of Rajoelina and Ravalomanana to break their impasse. More on «The Troubled Road to Peace: Reflections on the Complexities of Resolving the Political Impasse in Madagascar»


A Boom for Whom? Mozambique’s Natural Gas and the New Development Opportunity

02 Oct 2013 / Article

Will recent natural gas discoveries help Mozambique become an economic powerhouse? Ichumile Gqada is optimistic but knows that resource wealth doesn’t automatically lead to socio-economic development. Indeed, that will require a commitment from all the country’s stakeholders. More on «A Boom for Whom? Mozambique’s Natural Gas and the New Development Opportunity»


The Challenges and Ambiguities of South Africa's Foreign Policy

30 Sep 2013 / Article

If South Africa wants to enhance its global and regional status, it must correct a growing imbalance between its commitments and power, argues Jean-Paul Marthoz. That means solving deep-rooted domestic problems and outgrowing the safe nostalgia of past anti-apartheid struggles. More on «The Challenges and Ambiguities of South Africa's Foreign Policy»


Zimbabwe Elections: Past, Present and Future Challenges

30 Aug 2013 / Audio

Robert Mugabe was recently sworn in for another five-year term as President of Zimbabwe. In today’s podcast, Piers Pigou explains why he is so critical of the role played by SADC observers in the country’s elections, which Mugabe suspiciously won by a landslide. More on «Zimbabwe Elections: Past, Present and Future Challenges»


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