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1 November 2014
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06 Oct 2014
Malawi's 2014 tripartite elections: electoral governance tested (September 2014)
Malawi’s 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections tested the country’s democracy. Unlike the past four general elections (in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009), the 2014 electoral process was...
03 Oct 2014
Peace and Security Council Report No 62 (October 2014)
Peace and Security
The decision by the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) to deploy a humanitarian mission against the spread of Ebola is a first for the AU. The ball is now in the AU Commission’s...
02 Oct 2014
Lining up for the presidency in the Central African Republic (September 2014)
Eighteen months after rebel forces overthrew former president Francois Bozizé, the situation in the Central African Republic remains unstable. Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza is attempting...
25 Sep 2014
The call for a referendum on nuclear power in South Africa
The South African Civil Society Information Service
In a story that has dominated headlines worldwide over the past few months, Scots were recently asked to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country or remain part of the United...
NNR concludes strategic nuclear safety bilateral cooperation agreements
The South African National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) on Thursday announced that it had concluded strategic nuclear safety bilateral cooperation agreements with international counterparts on the...
18 Sep 2014
Parched prospects: The emerging water crisis in South Africa (September 2014)
South Africa is over-exploiting its freshwater resources and water could be a large constraint on the implementation of the National Development Plan. Using the International Futures forecasting...
17 Sep 2014
South Africa and the United Nations: Strengthening opportunities for effective peacebuilding (September 2014)
South Africa can strengthen its peacebuilding engagements with the United Nations (UN) in a number of ways. In particular, South Africa has several opportunities to play a leading role in the...
16 Sep 2014
The Islamic State: Why Africa should be worried (September 2014)
The emergence of the Islamic State is the most significant development in Islamist extremism since the 9/11 attacks. It now controls significant portions of Iraq and Syria and has divided the...
11 Sep 2014
Radicalisation in Kenya: Recruitment to al-Shabaab and the Mombasa Republican Council (September 2014)
Despite a history of extremism and unconventional political developments in Kenya, relatively little empirical research has been done to determine why and how individuals join al-Shabaab and the...
03 Sep 2014
Elections in Mozambique: A smooth journey, or a hurdle to skip? (September 2014)
Mozambique’s fifth democratic election is due to take place in October 2014. Until June 2014, it appeared as if Renamo would escalate its armed resistance against Frelimo, the ruling party, because...
27 Aug 2014
Reducing poverty in Africa: Realistic targets for the post-2015 MDGs and Agenda 2063 (August 2014)
The eradication of extreme poverty is a key component of the post-2015 MDG process and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This paper uses the International Futures forecasting system to explore this...
25 Aug 2014
DA: Statement by Helen Zille, DA Leader, asserts that a mind-shift is needed to win the war against HIV and AIDS (25/08/2014)
On Saturday night, I attended a fundraiser for a children’s hospice called Iris House. It is an NGO that cares for severely disabled and terminally ill children, and supports their families. At...
22 Aug 2014
Illicit drug trading in Dakar: Dimensions and intersections with governance (August 2014)
The authors provide a thorough analysis of the situation with regard to illegal drugs in Senegal’s capital, Dakar. The paper focuses on cannabis, cocaine and heroine, as well as counterfeit...
Has democracy been consolidated in South Africa?
Much argument over South African democracy revolves around the electoral dominance of the ANC, its repeated re-election as ruling party.  Ten years ago I argued that there was nothing about ANC...
21 Aug 2014
The South African 2014 elections: the integrity of the electoral process (August 2014)
On a continent where legitimate elections are rare, the 2014 general elections demonstrated South Africa’s continued commitment to regular, free and fair elections. The quality of an election...
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