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