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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…
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…
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…
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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