Southern Africa

The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil, and South Africa

The evidence from three important rising democracies makes it clear: there is no need to give up individual rights and freedoms in order to achieve growth or to expand opportunities for the majority of citizens. On the contrary, the experiences of India, Brazil, and South Africa demonstrate that the expansion and strengthening of democratic institutions can pave the way for a second wave of reforms needed to ensure steady high growth and to increase opportunities for the poor.

New publications by NPIHP Scholars

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, former NPIHP fellow at Monash South Africa, published a new article titled "Atoms, Apartheid, and the Agency: South Africa’s relations with the IAEA, 1957-1995” in Cold War History. Her article traces the South African case through several phases, illustrating the links between state identity, state ideology, nationalism and threat perception and can be

Dr. Monde Muyangwa Appointed to Head Wilson Center’s Africa Program

WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson Center announced today that Dr. Monde Muyangwa will be the new director of the center’s Africa Program.

“Dr. Muyangwa is a serious, highly-regarded Africa-hand.” said Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman. “She made her mark as a Vice President at the National Summit on Africa, which produced key recommendations for strengthening US-Africa relations in the 21st Century.  She will build on the extraordinary work of Howard Wolpe and Steve McDonald.”

From Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins

In Lake Victoria and Lake Chilwa basins, interconnected development challenges defy sectoral boundaries, said experts at the Wilson Center on February 10.

South Africa after Mandela: The Legacy and the Reality

Nelson Mandela was one of the most respected political leaders the world has seen for a reason: he helped take South Africa through a remarkable period encompassing the end of apartheid and the first democratic election. How is the country moving ahead in the post-Mandela era? What is his legacy for reconciliation, democracy, the rule of law through a strong constitution? And what will become of the ANC now that its great generation is passing from the stage?

In this Ground Truth Briefing, Africa experts come together to discuss Mandela's life and legacy.

Proliferation Watch: US Intelligence Assessments of Potential Nuclear Powers, 1977–2001

Undated photo of the South African nuclear test site taken by a U.S. reconnaissance satellite during 1977 or 1978. See document 3 for the image in context.

When Nelson Mandela First Emerged to Freedom

The day in 1990 that Nelson Mandela walked to freedom, I waited hours in the hot sun outside city hall in downtown Cape Town, in a crowd of thousands of blacks and mixed-race coloreds dying to glimpse their hoped-for savior. Mandela, who died today at 95, had been locked away in prison for more than 27 years. As it happened, the excitement of witnessing history that day was tarnished by mishaps.