Strategic Review for Southern Africa

Strategic Review for Southern Africa is a magazine specializing in Defense topics.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, May

A Human Security Approach to Peacemaking in Africa
One of the transformations in approach and thinking about peace and security at the end of the Cold War is the emergence of the human security paradigm. It argues for a focus on the individual as the referent point for security rather than the state....
Asymmetrical Conflict and Human Security: Reflections from Kenya
1. Introduction The post-Cold War period has seen a shift from inter-state wars to intrastate armed conflict as the dominant form of military conflict in the international system. In the last decade, a dimension of intra-state conflict has gained...
Human Security in East Africa: The EAC'S Illusive Quest for Inclusive Citizenship
1. Introduction We are one people ... particularly in this region, the language, the culture ... we are more or less the same. So why not? If at a certain time we were divided along certain lines at different times of history, there is nothing wrong...
Human Security in Practice: Securing People from the Threat of Epidemic-What Can We Learn from the Ecowas Response to Ebola?
1. Introduction A recent case count of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa published by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put the total number of deaths at 9 194 (CDC, 12 February 2015). Still counting, these figures will not be...
Human Security in South Africa
1. Introduction The gains that can be attributed to the cause of human security since the end of apartheid are significant. The right to vote, to basic education and primary health care; the introduction of an extensive social security system that...
In This Issue
This year will focus on celebrations and reflections on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. At the same time, the Millennium Development Goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals for the post-2015 era remain central items...
Praeg, Leonhard/Magadla, Siphokazi (Eds), Ubuntu: Curating the Archive
Praeg, Leonhard/Magadla, Siphokazi (eds), Ubuntu: Curating the Archive. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2014, 231 pp. Strictly speaking, it is not necessary for a state to have a foundational ideology; government can exist and...
Realities and Discourses on South African Xenophobia
The responses to the January 2015 looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto and in April in Durban's central business district and elsewhere reveal more about the South African national consciousness than the events themselves. The ritual condemnations;...
Re-Conceptualising Leadership for Effective Peacemaking and Human Security in Africa
1. Introduction Defining what constitutes peace is as elusive as finding a sustainable threshold within which human communities can live in harmony, while also seeking to attain their full potential. This notwithstanding, the failure of peace in...
Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: The Conflict between a State-Centred and People-Centred Approach
1. Introduction Zimbabwe has a long history of violent conflict spreading over decades, including the independence struggle from 1965-1979, the Gukurahundi massacres from 1980-1987, and the post-2000 electoral violence, which entrenched divisions...
Regional Hegemonic Contention and the Asymmetry of Soft Power: A Comparative Analysis of South Africa and Nigeria
1. Introduction In the past couple of years, there have been rigorous attempts by scholars to examine the power architecture within Africa drawing largely from general international relations theories and frameworks to make inferences about the...
Saul, John S/Bond, Patrick South Africa-The Present as History. from Mrs Ples to Mandela and Marikana
Saul, John S/Bond, Patrick South Africa--The Present as History. From Mrs Ples to Mandela and Marikana. Suffolk: James Curry and Johannesburg: Jacana Media. 2014, ix + 302 pp. Two decades after the transition to the new democratic South Africa,...
Smith, James Howard/Hackett, Rosalind I J (Eds), Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa
Smith, James Howard/Hackett, Rosalind I J (Eds), Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa. Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press 2012, xi+299pp. This volume complements broader discussions on the dynamics of conflict and...
South Africa's Approach to Conflict Management in Burundi and the DRC: Promoting Human Security?
1. Introduction Africa's investment in peace and security over the last two decades has undoubtedly yielded many peace dividends. The number of civil wars decreased by half (although on an upward trend again from 2013), many countries gained the...
State-Building and Non-State Conflicts in Africa
1. Introduction The end of the Cold War ushered in the resurgence of internal conflicts that wrought humanitarian disasters, and the breakdown of political authority across the developing world, notably in Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone...
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