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This Week at ISN 2013-09-27

This Week at ISN 2013-09-27

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While South Africa remains a political and economic powerhouse, Angola's rising star might push their neighborhood towards a new bipolar dynamic. Only time will tell what impact this potential rivalry might have, inter alia, on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - an organization which continues to seek regional solutions to security and governance-related problems. Despite SADC's efforts, however, deeper integration remains unlikely, particularly in the case of monetary union. The prospects for a common resource management system are also poor – many of the region's states are still not 'sovereign' enough to make it work.
While South Africa remains a political and economic powerhouse, Angola's rising star might push their neighborhood towards a new bipolar dynamic. Only time will tell what impact this potential rivalry might have, inter alia, on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - an organization which continues to seek regional solutions to security and governance-related problems. Despite SADC's efforts, however, deeper integration remains unlikely, particularly in the case of monetary union. The prospects for a common resource management system are also poor – many of the region's states are still not 'sovereign' enough to make it work.

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Southern Africa: Towards Bipolarity?
WhileSouth Africaremains a political and economic powerhouse, Angola's rising star might push their neighborhoodtowards a new bipolar dynamic. Only time will tell what impact this potential rivalry might have, inter alia, on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - an organization which continues to seek regional solutions to security andgovernance-related problems. Despite SADC's efforts, however, deeper integration remains unlikely, particularly in thecase of monetary union. The prospects for a common resource management system are also poor – many of theregion's states are still not 'sovereign' enough to make it work.
23 September 2013
Because of its location, geography and extensive transport infrastructure, South Africa is the economic gateway to the African continent. However, to maintain this status, write Peter Draper and Sören Scholvin, Pretoria will self-consciouslyhave to remain at the center of regional development and integration.» More
24 September 2013
Southern Africa is a sparsely populated, mineral-rich region that is politically and economically dominated by Pretoria,right? Wrong, argues Igor Castellano da Silva. The region is becoming increasingly 'bipolar' with Angola's materialcapabilities now rivaling South Africa's.» More
25 September 2013
Dealing with the root causes of conflict means addressing them through preventative and early action. Today, CCRkeeps this principle firmly in mind as it evaluates the efforts of the SADC to tackle the region's governance and securityproblems.» More
26 September 2013
How can Southern Africa integrate itself further? According to Hilary Patroba and Morisho Nene, the South AfricanCustoms Union (SACU) could adopt a single currency. Unfortunately, the performances of region's economies remain sodiverse that such a union wouldn't work.» More
27 September 2013
Establishing a common resource management system may be necessary, but are Southern Africa's states up to thetask? Fernando Loureiro Bastos is skeptical. Mutual cooperation depends on two things that remain limited in the region –state sovereignty and international standing.» More
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Security Watch
23 September 2013
If the recent upsurge in armed violence is any indication, then the Central African Republic is once again on the verge of state failure. Roland Marchal believes it's now time for a comprehensive international response that not only deals withthe existing power vacuum in the country, but also its religious polarization.» More
24 September 2013
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of its features, which are widely expected to improve the situational awareness, intelligence gathering capabilities and
 
interoperability of member states.» More
 
25 September 2013
The latest attempt to rid Karachi of its criminal and terrorist elements has been roundly criticized, writes Abubakar Siddique. But who's really to blame for what some are calling a fiasco – a national government compelled to share power with other stakeholders or corrupt local politicians?» More
26 September 2013
Chile's armed forces have traditionally equipped themselves for conventional conflicts along its borders. That's 'old think',says Robert Shaw. Drug trafficking and organized crime now present a far greater challenge to Chilean security than itsterritory-disputing neighbors.» More
27 September 2013
 Armenia's announcement that it wants to join the Belarus-Kazakhstan-Russia customs union caught many Westernobservers off-guard. The same can also be said of the country's opposition parties, writes Mikayel Zolyan. Their criticismsof the decision have been guarded thus far.» More
 
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Blog
23 September 2013
Why should the US have no lingering reservations about the Russian-Iranian plan to place Syria's chemical weaponsunder international control? Seyed Hossein Mousavian has 12 good reasons, not the least of which is that it got theObama administration out of a messy domestic and foreign policy predicament.» More
24 September 2013
When it comes to negotiating with the FARC, should Colombia's president Juan Manual Santos grant its membersamnesty in the name of reconciliation? If he does it, Shlomo Ben-Ami observes, he won't be alone. Granting amnesty inpost-conflict transitions has become commonplace since 1945.» More
25 September 2013
 As Barack Obama and David Cameron have recently found out, domestic politics can derail foreign and security policygoals. While this may seem inconvenient and frustrating, Anne-Marie Slaughter believes that political checks andbalances are essential and democracies must stick to their core principles.» More
26 September 2013
While India's population is one of the youngest on the planet, most of its institutions remain in the hands of their elders.But that's about to change, observes Sanjeev Sayal. He spotlights the generational shift that's about to shake up thecountry's business, cultural and political elites.» More
27 September 2013
China's growing assertiveness has prompted the revamping of national defense strategies across the Asian continent.Yet, despite the growing military muscle of countries such as Japan, Jaswant Singh believes Beijing knows who its major strategic challenger is going to be over the coming years – yes, India.» More
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Video
Membathisi Mdladlana, who is South African High Commissioner to Canada, discusses his country's evolving place inthe
world, on the African continent and in its immediate neighborhood. He then goes on to talk about South Africa's roleas
 
part of the BRICS and about its long-standing relationship with Canada.» More

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