Policy Briefs (38)

Governance and Security Challenges in Post-Apartheid Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 18)

This CCR policy brief considers the key governance and security challenges facing Southern Africa, with a focus on the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region's progress towards democracy, and its peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts — particularly in Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Madagascar.
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Posted to the Web: 27 August 2013

 

Africa, South Africa, and the United Nations Security Architecture
(Policy Brief No. 17)

In December 2012, South Africa completed its second two-year term (2011-2012) as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, after its earlier tenure in 2007-2008. This CCR policy brief is based on a Cape Town seminar which convened about 30 leading practitioners, civil society actors, and scholars, from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States (US), to assess South Africa's current and past performance on the Security Council. The meeting took place at Erinvale Estate, Western Cape, South Africa, from 12-13 December 2012.
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Posted to the Web: 20 June 2013

The African Union at Ten: Problems, Progress, and Prospects
(Policy Brief No. 13)

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of post-independence pan-Africanism with the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in May 1963. As the golden jubilee is celebrated, this report reflects on the hopes for an "African Renaissance" embodied by the continental body's successor, the African Union (AU), and the challenges that it faces in fulfilling its role of promoting political unity, democratic governance, and economic development on the continent. This policy brief is based on a colloquium, jointly hosted by CCR and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Berlin, Germany, from 30 to 31 August 2012 in Berlin.
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Updated on the Web: 22 May 2013

South Africa in Southern Africa
(Policy Brief No. 16)

CCR's latest policy brief is based on a policy advisory group meeting which took place at Erinvale Estate, Western Cape, South Africa, from 19-20 November 2012. The meeting focused on seven key themes relating to regional integration in Southern Africa: the history of regionalism; peace and security; the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and South Africa's development finance institutions (DFIs); democratic governance; South Africa's sub-regional role; migration and food security; and the role of the European Union (EU) and China.
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Posted to the Web: 18 April 2013

Accelerating the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Initiative

(Policy Brief No. 15)

This CCR policy brief is based on a policy advisory group seminar which took place in London, England, from 18 to 19 January 2013. The seminar was co-hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Leeds, England, with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Convened five months before the June 2013 TICAD V conference in Yokohama, the London seminar systematically examined critical issues for this ongoing policy dialogue between Africa's 55 countries and Japan, the main partners in the TICAD process.
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Posted to the Web: 12 March 2013

The African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU)
(Policy Brief No. 14)

This policy brief is based on a policy research seminar organised by CCR in Cape Town, South Africa, from 29-30 October 2012. The meeting focused on the potential for further strategic engagement between the 79-member ACP and the 27-member EU as the third five-year review of the Cotonou Agreement of 2000 on trade, aid, and political cooperation approaches in 2015, and as the end of the 20-year span of Cotonou in 2020 draws nearer.
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Posted to the Web: 27 November 2012

The Eagle and the Springbok: Strengthening the Nigeria/South Africa Relationship
(Policy Brief No. 12)

This policy brief is based on a CCR policy advisory group seminar which took place in Lagos, Nigeria from 9-10 June 2012. The seminar sought to build on the outcomes of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) which met in full session in Cape Town in May 2012. It also sought to help to "reset" the strategic bilateral relationship between Nigeria and South Africa by addressing key themes, and crafting concrete recommendations on the history and diplomacy of bilateral relations; the multilateral roles adopted by the two countries; their economic and trade links; civil society perspectives; and the future of the relationship.
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Updated on the Web: 15 August 2012

The South African Defence Review of 2012: Problems, Progress, and Prospects
(Policy Brief No. 11)

In July 2011, an independent committee was appointed by the then South African Minister of Defence, Lindiwe Sisulu, to undertake a review and update of national defence policy in compliance with the requirements of a Defence White Paper issued in 1996. The Defence Review Committee issued a 423-page draft report in April 2012, and scheduled a series of public imbizos and meetings with interested parties and experts across South Africa to consult and seek public consensus on this first review of national defence policy since 1998. About 75 academics, civil society leaders, military experts, and diplomats were convened by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss the document.
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Posted to the Web: 1 June 2012

South Africa, Africa, and the United Nations Security Council
(Policy Brief No. 10)

This CCR policy brief is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Somerset West, South Africa, from 13 to 14 December 2011. The meeting took place as South Africa approached the end of the first year of its second two-year term (2011-2012) as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The seminar focused on: South Africa's role on the UN Security Council; the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the UN Security Council; and the politics and reform of the Council. The policy seminar was held in partnership with the Centre for African Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden, and was made possible through the support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), Cape Town, and the Swedish Embassy in South Africa.
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Updated on the Web: 21 March 2012

HIV/AIDS and Militaries in Africa
(Policy Brief No. 8)

This CCR policy brief is based on a series of policy advisory group seminars held in Windhoek, Namibia, in February 2006; Cairo, Egypt, in September 2007; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2007. The seminars explored HIV/AIDS and militaries in Southern, North, West, Central, and Eastern Africa. A consolidated report on "HIV/AIDS and Militaries in Africa" was produced in 2008. Its main findings are presented in this updated policy brief.
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Posted to the Web: 2 March 2012

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