Category Archives: Conflict Prevention

Xenophobic violence returns to the streets of South Africa

South Africa is caught in the midst of another wave of xenophobic violence, as tensions between citizens and foreigners escalate dangerously. In a country with almost 40% unemployment, and a recent history of pervasive enmity between South Africans and the … Continue reading

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Lesotho: elections and uncertaintly

With elections just over two weeks away, Lesotho’s politicians jostle for position, tensions increase and South Africa’s mediation intensifies. At just over 2 million people, Lesotho’s population is one twenty-fifth the size of South Africa’s. Lesotho’s GDP of $2.3 billion represents 0.66% … Continue reading

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First Post

This blog explores some themes related to the state of democracy in today’s world. In both established and developing democracies, citizens are asking some difficult questions. Can democracy deliver? What role do our elected governments actually play in a time goliath multinational companies stalk the … Continue reading

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