War and Peace in Southern Africa: Crime, Drugs, Armies, and Trade

War and Peace in Southern Africa: Crime, Drugs, Armies, and Trade

War and Peace in Southern Africa: Crime, Drugs, Armies, and Trade

War and Peace in Southern Africa: Crime, Drugs, Armies, and Trade


"This timely book analyzes the baleful wave of crime in which South Africa and its neighbors are now engulfed. It provides new perspectives and policy recommendations on issues including carjacking and the limited police response; the quality and quantity of the region's drug problem and where the drugs originate; the arms trade and how to stop it; the South African military mind; and southern African peacekeeping. The book also addresses South Africa's illegal immigration problem and how the flood of aliens can be turned back, and the relationship between low economic growth and regional economic instability, a lack of openness to trade, and poor managerial responses." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Robert I. Rotberg

The end of apartheid in south africa heralded more than the onset of black rule. Together with the coming of President Nelson Mandela's Government of National Unity and the disruption of the old social order arrived major new expectations and a variety of anticipated and unanticipated perils. The regimentation of 40 million South Africans by whites, a process effectively in retreat for a decade before 1994, ceased. Black South Africans came into their own in all endeavors; they embraced both the challenges as well as the opportunities inherent in the nation that they had reclaimed. Many of those new opportunities were in the criminal sphere. A once tightly controlled society had been opened, and entrepreneurs of all kinds naturally entered.

Crime has become the painful Achilles' heel of the rapid development of both south africa and the surrounding smaller states of southern Africa. Not only has the pre-independence level of criminal activity by indigenous South Africans multiplied manyfold. Now criminal endeavors are better organized, more widespread (not just confined to Soweto and the other ghetto locations of the apartheid era), and much more brutal.

As south africa and southern Africa attempt to uplift themselves, to achieve Asian Tiger-like rapid economic growth, to create masses of jobs, and to deliver social services and social safety nets to long deprived pop-

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