Accession Number:

ADA415797

Title:

The Emerging Role of the Republic of South Africa as a Regional Power

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

70.0

Abstract:

Since 1994 the Republic of South Africa has emerged from the limited role of an isolated government, governed by apartheid programs, to a democracy where apartheid has been rejected and a new republic has been established. A large centralized government with minority rule dominated the country and its peoples. Today, South Africa is the strongest democracy on the continent and a leader in promoting regional stability. This transformation can be seen all across the government and the society of the South African people. The transformation can be contributed to many factors but is due in large part to the willingness of the very diverse people to work and govern together. South Africas rise to regional hegemon can be seen in its initiatives to promote and sustain good governance - combating poverty, instituting policies of inclusion and government responsiveness and providing services and resources that moderate social tensions. When examining the general definition of war, it can be argued that the apartheid government of South Africa was engaged in a war with insurgent guerilla groups during the 1970s and 1980s. It can also be argued that stopping wars does not require outside intervention as noted in different research on war and conflict in Africa and South Africa is such a case.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE