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South Africa’s Policy Challenges in the Next Four Years

Thoughts for the Future

“We need to change the country and the economy in a way that everybody will be a beneficiary of it” maintained Reverend Chikane. Together with smart politics and economic and social policy, South Africa may well be in a position to confront its challenges at home and abroad.

Why Focus on the Next Four Years?

Africa’s Long Spring

Long before it came to the Arab world, spring swept through sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, Mozambique drafted its first multiparty, democratic constitution. The next year saw multiparty elections in what had been one-party states in Benin, Gabon, and Zambia, as well as the overthrow of Mali’s dictator and, subsequently, the election of new leaders. Every succeeding year brought new steps forward for democracy—in Ghana, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo in 1992, and elsewhere on the continent in subsequent years.

Africa Rising

For decades, much of the news about Africa was negative. From disease and famine to horrific violence, the continent has certainly endured its share of problems. And while challenges remain, positive trends are leading to increasing good news from across the African continent. To learn more about those trends and developments, and also about U.S. involvement with the nations of Africa, we spoke with Johnnie Carson, a former ambassador to three African nations who currently serves as Assistant Secretary of State for the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs.

Director's Forum: The United States – Africa Partnership: The Last Four Years and Beyond

ASSISTANT SECRETARY CARSON: Thank you. Thank you very, very much. I want to thank Michael for his opening remarks and his very, very kind introduction. He’s right; we have known one another and have been friends for many, many years, and it’s a pleasure to have him introduce me today.

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

NPIHP is pleased to announce the international conference The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program, organized and hosted by Monash South Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies, (ISS Africa) and NPIHP.

Held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 9-11 December 2012, this landmark conference explored nearly every aspect of South Africa's nuclear development from the post-war era to the recent past.

Breakfast with Ambassadors

On November 13, 2012, the Wilson Center and the Finnish Embassy hosted a breakfast meeting for the diplomatic corps of Washington D.C. at the Finnish Embassy. The breakfast was attended by ambassadors and representatives from 31 countries, along with Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman and President Jane McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College.

Strengthening the Rule of Law for Women

During the United Nations General Assembly, at a high-level meeting convened by UN Women, the government of South Africa, and the government of Finland, several countries pledged to strengthen the Rule of Law for women by broadening access to justice for women.

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