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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…
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…
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…
Adedeji at 80: Moving Africa from Rhetoric to Action (Policy Brief No. 7) This CCR policy brief is based on a high-level Millennium Symposium held by the Nigeria-based African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS), in December 2010 in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. The meeting provided an opportunity for a review…
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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