South Africa


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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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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