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Russian President Medvedev's visit to Africa, June 2009

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      15th July 2009 In a short period of less than a month, Russia has sought to assert its role in international forums as a leading player in a multipolar world.... 

Reflections on the Development State for South Africa

By: Adam Habib     15th July 2009 A wealth of scholarship has been built up over the last decade or two on the development states of East and South East Asia. This literature has... 

African Solutions to African Problems: In Search of the African Renaissance

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th July 2009 The African Union (AU) and its interventional peace and security architecture could be seen as an institutional expression of the phrase "African... 

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Financial system 
should be reformed

By: Seeraj Mohamed     10th July 2009 I wrote in a recent article in this column that the best investment by US financiers was the billions of dollars they used for lobbying the US... 

Belfast and Johannesburg: peas in a racist pod?

By: Brandon Hamber     10th July 2009 I long to live in a society where there is no racism but, living between Belfast and Johannesburg, this is impossible.  

Protesting in 140 keystrokes: Twitter and the Iranian unrest

8th July 2009 When Twitter - the world's latest social networking phenomenon - made the cover of Time Magazine's 15 June edition, journalist Steve Johnson mused... 

Helping Africa Save Itself

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      8th July 2009 In DEAD AID, Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born economist, lays out a brash argument: that the more than $1 trillion in foreign assistance given to... 

All Eyes on You: ANC Election Promises, Integrity and the SAPS

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      8th July 2009 When former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel delivered his 2008 budget speech, he said that over R10 billion would be set aside for the... 

Malawi at 45: More than Madonna’s Hunting Ground

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      7th July 2009 Malawi has been in the headlines, following pop-star Madonna's battles to adopt a second child from this tiny, landlocked southern African state.... 

Intelligence ministry, A study in democracy? The 2009 State Security Budget Debate, South Africa

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      7th July 2009 The Minister for State Security, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele missed the opportunity, in his annual budget vote address to the South African Parliament on... 

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