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July 12, 2012

Elections and Voting
A South African Take on the U.S. Race

Between enthusiasm for President Obama’s pro-democracy message and appreciation for the Democratic Party’s support for the anti-apartheid movement, South Africans strongly favor Obama’s reelection, s…

July 17, 2018

South Africa
Mandela’s Centenary Is Marked by the Rise of Close Friend Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa since January, was a close colleague of Nelson Mandela and regularly associates himself with the Mandela legacy and seeks to restore the late president’s values as South Africa’s lodestar.

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February 23, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Thabo Mbeki on Sovereignty and Democracy in Africa

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, in a February 16 lecture (PDF), reflects on the threat of Western re-colonization of Africa in the context of enduring racism as a way to encourage greater…

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, delivers his public lecture at the Nyakuron cultural centre in Juba, Southern Sudan, January 7, 2011.

December 4, 2013

South Africa
Former President Mbeki Claims Former Prime Minister Blair Pressured Him to Invade Zimbabwe

In a recent al-Jazeera broadcast, former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki claimed that then United Kingdom prime minister Tony Blair pressured him to cooperate on joint British–South African mil…

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February 23, 2018

South Africa
The State of President Ramaphosa’s Nation

The ascendancy of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of South Africa has been greeted with a mix of enthusiasm, relief, and skepticism. It comes as South Africa prepares to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and it is worth remembering that Ramaphosa was Mandela’s first choice as his deputy.

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February 21, 2018

South Africa
Renewing U.S.-South Africa Relations Under President Ramaphosa

His forthright remarks represent a paradigm shift in that country’s governance and governing principles and provides an opportunity for the United States to reengage with a strategic ally after nearly two decades of eroding relations.

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February 14, 2018

South Africa
The Painful Exit of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma

Zuma is not out yet, but he will be by February 15. Today, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete moved the motion of no confidence originally scheduled for February 22 to Thursday, February 15.

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February 13, 2018

South Africa
Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town.

December 27, 2017

South Africa
South Africa’s Ramaphosa is the “Man of the Hour,” Despite the Zuma Cronies

Cyril Ramaphosa is elected the president of the party, and his victory shows the strength of the reform faction within the African National Congress, even if it is not absolutely predominant.

A man walks past ANC merchandise with the face of newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa outside the venue of the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 19, 2017.

December 13, 2017

South Africa
Scene Setter for Pivotal ANC Party Conference in South Africa

The conference meets every five years to choose a party leader and other senior officials. So long as the ANC has a majority, parliament is all but certain to elect the party leader to the South African presidency in 2019.

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