Foreign Policy Blogs

Sub-Saharan Africa

BBC’s South Africa Direct

Just as an FYI: For access to the BBC's weekly program “South Africa Direct,” with links and other information, go here.

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Clinton’s Coup a Boon For Africa

On Tuesday Bill Clinton announced that his foundation has brokered a deal with Indian pharmaceutical companies to provide generic AIDS drugs in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Afria will obviously provide a huge market for these drugs. There are perhaps a few of lessons to learn here. The first is that it is unlikely that these Indian companies, […]

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America’s Africa Command

The United States is moving forward with plans to establish an Africa Command that will enable the United States to respond quickly to address strategic situations that artise on the continent, which is increasingly visible in American and global policy. The establishment of the new command, which will deal with issues such as terrorism, humanitarian […]

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Helen Zille and the Democratic Alliance

Cape Town mayor Helen Zille has easily dispatched of two rivals and will take the helm of the Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa's biggest opposition party. The DA emerged after the disintegration of the National Party and its various and tepid successors. As a consequence the DA drew some of its membership from Nats who […]

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More on Crime

Foreign investors, tourists, and FIFA (which organizes the World Cup) are three constituencies that South Africans fear will turn their backs on their country if crime and fears of crime (not the same thing) continue to dominate stories that emanate from South Africa. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula is aware of the very real […]

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Crime and Reality

Although it is hardly news that fears of crime in South Africa are “partly based on reality,” it is still worth pointing out that “Partly” implies that much of the fear of crime in South Africa is also overstated, at least to some degree. That is probably of little solace to those who have been […]

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The Dual-Edged Sword of Regional Power

My first FPA “Great decisions Analysis,” a piece titled “South Africa's Regional Superpower Dilemma,” is now up and has also been linked on the FPA home page.

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Another Zim Crackdown

Well, at least we know that Robert Mugabe is nothing if not predictable. The sun will rise, the sun will set, and Mugabe's security state minions will crush dissent. In a Washington Post story based on a report by Human Rights Watch, the Washington Post reports that “Zimbabwean authorities have arrested, abducted and tortured hundreds […]

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Publications On Africa

The Nordic African Studies community has always produced some of the most thoughtful, insightful and important work on Africa. Foremost amongst these organizations is the Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (The Nordic African Institute), which is based in Uppsala, Sweden. The Institute pulls together serious research and scholarship, policy discussion, and other work. The Institute produces a high […]

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The Forgotten AIDS Victims

IRIN reports that there is yet another impediment to effective AIDS treatment in South Africa. Apparently rape survivors tend to get left out in prevention and treatment programs. In a normal society this might pass as a loose end left untied. but in a country beset by both AIDS and abominably high rape figures it goes […]

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Is the ANC in Crisis?

Given it's role as the largest anti-apartheid liberation organization, its central role in the transition to democracy, and its virtually insuperable status in the country's politics today it should come as no suprise that the African National Congress is far and away the most scrutinized (and criticized) political party in South Africa. From issues of politics […]

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Teach a Man to Farm Fish . . .

Although African agriculture is often underdeveloped, there exist many possibilities for maximizing the continent's resources. According to a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: With food security often at the mercy of erratic weather patterns, Southern Africa could bank on its “tremendous” potential to farm fish to sustain its predominantly […]

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A Radical AIDS Plan?

Over at The New Republic John Talbott has a rather radical suggestion for how to end AIDS in Africa: “Compulsory testing and notification of every citizen.” Talbott is not a medical doctor nor is he an Africanist — his tagline lists him as “an author, former investman banker for Goldman Sachs, and former visiting scholar […]

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More Quick Hits

I’m back from a week in England and am still absolutely buried with email and work and deadlines. But here are a lot of links on some of the crucial issues facing Africa and Africans: The online news editor of The Economist is in Zimbabwe trying to get a feel for things there, to stay […]

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Africa Quick Hits

Your faithful scribe is leaving the country for about a week and as a consequence I may not be able to blog. I thus want to leave you with a lot of links from South Africa and Africa generally to take you to the weekend. I’ll be back next week. According to The New York […]

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