Southern Africa News

Madiba: A Belief in Humanity

Dec 05, 2013
'The accessibility, casual intimacy and humanity that I was privileged to experience in meeting him has in fact, made an entire nation and world feel they were members of his family and can call him Madiba,' writes Steve McDonald on the sad occasion of Nelson Mandela's death.

Why Russia Needs the BRICS

Sep 05, 2013
Russia highly values its BRICS membership and wants to deepen its cooperation even as the economic dynamism behind the original concept has begun to run out of steam, writes William Pomeranz on

Research Updates on Brazil's Nuclear Relations with South Africa, Argentina

Jul 15, 2013
NPIHP has just published two new Research Updates in cooperation with the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today's releases document Brazil's earliest efforts to cooperate with Argentina on nuclear issues, as well as South Africa's attempt in the late 1970s to work with Brazil on nuclear technology development.

NPIHP Releases Largest Collection of Documents on the History of South Africa's Nuclear Program

Apr 01, 2013
The new collection covers the full swath of South African nuclear history, from the origins of the country’s nuclear energy research in the 1950s, through the early 1990s when it announced the existence and subsequent destruction of its nuclear program.

Africa Rising

Jan 17, 2013
For decades, much of the news about Africa was dire. From disease and famine to horrific violence, the continent has endured its share of problems. But while challenges remain, positive trends are developing across the continent. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson spoke about trends and developments and about U.S. involvement with the nations of Africa.
Johan Slabber presents on the South African Nuclear Weapons Program

International Conference: The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program

Jan 04, 2013
Together with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project,and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS Africa) Monash South Africa organized and hosted a landmark conference on the historical dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program.

Africa UP Close

Dec 04, 2012
The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity launch new blog - join the discussion today!

Beyond AGOA: An Update Case for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Between Africa and the United States

Nov 20, 2012
In this paper, McDonald, Lande & Matanda argue that, premised on conditions here in the U.S., in Africa and elsewhere, the ‘perfect storm’could be brewing for an effective renewal or enhancement of AGOA before the program expires in 2015. With ingredients such as the Obama Administration’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach, Africa’s rapid ascent as a trade and investment destination and the risk of an inappropriate response to China and other third countries’ Africa engagement, the paper’s recommendations pivot towards ensuring that the U.S. and Africa form a more equitable commercial partnership.

Call for Applications: Nuclear History Fellowship with NPIHP partner, Monash South Africa

May 22, 2012
Monash South Africa, a partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), is pleased to announce a 3-month research fellowship to a scholar studying South Africa's nuclear history, in particular relating to its nuclear weapons program, collaboration with other countries, and non-proliferation policies.
Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre

NPIHP Releases 20 Documents on the South African Nuclear Program

Feb 01, 2012
These documents shed new light on South Africa’s unique nuclear history, from early uranium supply arrangements with the United States to the South African response to the September 1979 Vela incident.