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South Africa and ASEAN countries: the need for strategic partnerships

dlaminiThe relationship between South Africa and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is promising with the ASEAN recently pledging to boost search for ways to increase cooperation in areas of investment, trade and tourism in South Africa. This comes after the ASEAN Pretoria Committee (APC) a committee of diplomats representing the interest of ASEAN member states in South Africa, held its first meeting of 2014 to discuss ways of strengthening multifaceted cooperation between ASEAN and South Africa.

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The Opportunities of Davos

ProfGeoffreyAllenPigman

The World Economic Forum’s 2014 Davos Annual Meeting has begun. Over 2500 world leaders from business, government, NGOs, academe, the media and religious communities from close to 100 countries will attend, including more than 30 heads of state and government.

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Personal diplomacy didn't prevent straight-talking

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Mandela, the United States and Personal Diplomacy

The importance of personal diplomacy between leaders is not the end all, but nevertheless an important part in relations between countries. It is something the great Winston Churchill believed in and former US president George H.W. Bush highlighted foritsusefulness. It is also something Nelson Mandela, who has been described as one of the world's greatest statesmen, understood very well.

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What is the Ideal that Mandela lived for?

zondiAs we reflect on the passing of this doyen of the struggle for freedom from apartheid , and a symbol of what the young South African democracy aspires to be, we need to reflect on what he stood for, which we must pursue further in his honour.

Perhaps the most quoted statements on what Mandela stood is the closing sentence of his rather long testimony before the Transvaal Supreme Court during th Rivonia Trial in April 1964, almost fifty years ago. The statement reads thus:

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Elections without democracy: The shortcomings of Swaziland's Tinkhundla system

SwazilandIn September the tiny mountainous kingdom of Swaziland has been on the agenda of the media as it went through its unique and controversial electoral process under the so-called Tinkhundla system. Basically, the Tinkhundla system is a form of governance based on traditional administrative subdivisions.

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