South Africa

Video

A Conversation with Desmond Tutu

Speaker: Desmond Tutu
Presider: Peggy Dulany

Watch Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus and Nobel peace laureate, discuss faith and foreign policy.

This meeting was the annual David A. Morse Lecture and was cosponsored with the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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Video

William Kentridge: Five Themes

Speaker: William Kentridge
Introductory Speaker: Glenn Lowry
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Watch William Kentridge, draftsman, filmmaker, and sculptor, discuss his life in South Africa and his recent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Five Themes.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of Bank of America.

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Audio

William Kentridge: Five Themes (Audio)

Speaker: William Kentridge
Introductory Speaker: Glenn Lowry
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Listen to William Kentridge, draftsman, filmmaker, and sculptor, discuss his life in South Africa and his recent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Five Themes.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of Bank of America. 

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Interview

South Africa's Democratic Dilemma

Princeton N. Lyman interviewed by Stephanie Hanson

CFR's Princeton Lyman says deep economic challenges confront South Africa's presumed next president, Jacob Zuma, but there are also opportunities for improved U.S. ties.

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Transcript

A Conversation with Jacob Zuma

Speaker: Jacob Zuma
Presider: Princeton N. Lyman

Jacob Zuma, leader of the African National Congress and former deputy president of South Africa discusses South Africa's role in addressing regional challenges and his thoughts about the country's future. After the forced resignation of South African President Thabo Mbeki in September, and the subsequent departure of several cabinet members, it is widely expected that Jacob Zuma will fill South Africa's presidential seat in upcoming elections.

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Op-Ed

The Despots' Democracy

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Late April saw a letter from President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa to President Bush, angrily condemning the U.S. for taking sides against Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Michael Gerson points out that this is just one of many examples of the South African president’s apparent endorsement of regimes that violate human rights.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Mbeki's South Africa

Author: Jeffrey Herbst

Despite remarkable progress since the end of apartheid, South Africa today is badly wracked by AIDS and severe wealth inequalities, with a leadership still fixated on racial struggle. After more than a decade in power, the ANC has yet to reconcile its various ambitions: curbing racism, promoting political participation, and advancing the interests of all South Africans.

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