Southern Africa

2013 Elections Guide

The 2013 Elections Guide is a new initiative launched by the Wilson Center’s Africa Program with the aim of keeping you informed of all national elections taking place in Africa. Through research, analysis, and election data, the Elections Guide is a resource for anyone interested and presents key information in a comprehensive and objective way.

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.

Why Russia Needs the BRICS

Created by bankers as a catchy acronym to entice foreign investors, the BRICS – first Brazil, Russia, India, China and then South Africa – have subsequently morphed into a loose association of countries with an emerging global view. The group now gathers annually to discuss its common aspirations, yet it still has few underlying structures.

Private Discussion on Current Prospects for Madagascar with Béatrice Atallah

The Wilson Center’s Africa Program hosted a private meeting with Béatrice Atallah, President of Madagascar’s Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante pour la Transition (CENI-T). In attendance were government officials and various representatives from NGOs, IGOs and academia. Steve McDonald, Director of the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, moderated the discussion.

Oysters, Octopus, and Resilience

Growing awareness of the connected challenges of natural resource management, economic growth, and human health has encouraged more integrated models of international development.

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

NPIHP is pleased to announce the publication of two new Research Updates, These are the most recent joint Fundacao Getulio Vargas-NPIHP publications on various aspects of Brazilian nuclear history.

Today's releases document Brazil's earliest efforts, dating to the late 1960s, 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. In both instances technical cooperation was derailed by larger, non-nuclear political issues.

Analysis: Obama in Africa

The zeitgeist of this Obama Trip was a logical next step for activities begun towards the close of 2012. Like Obama emphasized, Africa is open for business, and the U.S. - Africa relationship benefits both partners. Here, the African countries themselves must do more to make their countries attractive to the U.S. private sector through branding and other media activities.

Brazil-South Africa Nuclear Relations

This dossier deals with a little known episode in the history of Brazil’s nuclear program: South Africa’s attempt to cooperate with Brazil.

Going Beyond AGOA: Ideas for a Trans-Atlantic Partnership with Africa

This is an ambitious but realistic & practical way to enhance AGOA by not just ensuring prompt and seamless renewal of U.S. market access provisions for African imports, but also promoting a level playing field for U.S. investment in Africa and encouraging American participation in sub Saharan Africa’s regional infrastructural development.