South Africa has done much in the 15 years since the fall of apartheid to establish its leadership on the continent. It has been a constant architect of Africa’s new peace and security architecture and an advocate of new diplomatic norms. However, whether South Africa has succeeded in meeting its goals as Africa’s mediator and the ambitious aspirations shared by African heads of state and intellectuals following its transition to democracy is debatable.
This crucial volume draws lessons for African conflict mediation from the experiences of its foremost practitioner, South Africa, in four of the continent’s most complex theatres: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sudan, focussing on the Mbeki years (1999–2008), but also examining the possibilities arising from Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the country. The standpoints come from a variety of experts in the field, from practitioners to academics, and the diverse perspectives and voices throw light on both South Africa’s successes and weaknesses in its role in the African Renaissance.
About the Editor
An award-winning former journalist, Kurt Shillinger was deputy foreign editor of The Christian Science Monitor before covering Congress and presidential politics for the paper for nine years. In 1997 he moved to South Africa to cover the African continent for The Boston Globe, reporting from 18 countries during six years. He is former chairman of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Southern Africa, and rounded out 17 years in journalism as managing editor of the SAIIA monthly online magazine eAfrica. As Research Fellow on Security and Terrorism in Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs, he conducted case studies on the growth and character of Islam in African states seen as most prone to external influence and liaising with policymakers on and off the African continent on security, counter-terrorism and non-proliferation. He also conducted research into the impact of post-apartheid regional political change on the music of Mozambique for a Masters degree in ethnomusicology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently resides in Chile, South America.
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|Sub-title:||Lessons from South African Conflict Mediation|
|Author:||Edited by Kurt Shillinger|
|Colour:||Black & White|