Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

ISS, Institute for Security Studies

South Africans are feeling more and more unsafe

16th October 2018 Crime in South Africa is rising, and understandably, people feel unsafe – in their streets, their parks and their homes. Solutions to crime don’t... 

The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

12th October 2018 Women’s involvement in Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad Basin is well known. However their role in the activities of the Group for the Support... 

With SADC’s poor record of instilling democracy in member states, can it help stabilise Comoros?

11th October 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) inherited a world of trouble when it accepted the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a... 


Good mental healthcare should be part of peacebuilding

10th October 2018 The negative impact of armed conflict on the mental health of combatants is well documented. But it wasn’t until about two decades ago that... 

Nene and the complex truth of State capture

8th October 2018 The Zondo Commission of Inquiry’s slow reveal has gripped South Africans. The 2016 Public Protector’s report on State capture was revelatory but... 

Time to put meat on the bones of South Africa’s foreign policy

4th October 2018 Last week was South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first real chance to present himself to the international community. Throughout his packed... 

China’s salami slicing takes root in Africa

3rd October 2018 Mass indignation greeted the revelation that South Africa was to receive a R370-billion ‘gift’ from China, amid criticism about the lack of... 

Boko Haram exposes the cracks in Nigeria’s military strategy

2nd October 2018 For nearly three years the Nigerian government has stuck to its claim that it has ‘technically defeated’ Boko Haram. Recently though, the terror... 

How serious is the African Union about democracy?

1st October 2018 Most African countries now hold regular elections, albeit often flawed and contested. Fewer coups on the continent are largely the result of the... 

Africa, and the world, need safer seas and shipping

26th September 2018 Most of the world’s trade is by sea, but this has not made it any easier to achieve safer and environmentally friendly shipping, or good labour... 

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