Regional Integration (119)

The recent failure of Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become chairwoman of the African Union (AU) Commission was predictable. SA does not appear to have given much thought to the traditions of diplomacy and has committed three key blunders. First, SA ignored the "golden rule" of international organisations that…
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State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe(Seminar Report No. 37) This CCR seminar report is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Siavonga, Zambia, from 9 to 10 June 2011. The meeting explored some of the most important challenges presently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to accelerate…
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The Southern African Development Community's (Sadc's) relative lack of comment on disputes in Zimbabwe's unity government between President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been interpreted as an indication that Sadc's strategy of "constructive engagement" with the regime constitutes appeasement. It is a view…
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Recent debate about the intervention in Libya that toppled the 42-year autocracy of the eccentric Muammar Gaddafi has not always clarified matters. It is important to untangle five myths regarding this intervention. The first — ubiquitous in Western media — is that Gaddafi was widely popular in Africa and having…
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State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe (Policy Brief No. 9) This CCR policy brief is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Siavonga, Zambia, from 9 to 10 June 2011. The meeting explored some of the most important challenges presently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to…
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Gaddafi swapped his pan-Arab robes for pan-African ones, but he was viewed with suspicion in the continent As the fall of the 42-year-old regime of Libya's eccentric leader Muammar Gaddafi approaches, one of his most important legacies will be his mischief in Africa. After seizing power, Colonel Gaddafi modelled his…
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While Africa has the right to be sceptical about the West's intentions, it also has a duty to protect Libyan citizens The bombing of Libya by American, British and French warplanes in implementation of a United Nations-sanctioned "no-fly zone" has caused a storm of controversy across Africa. For Africans to…
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