Africa

Africa

ANC sliding into undignified grave

By Subesh Pillay On September 20 2008, after a decision of the ANC national executive committee, Thabo Mbeki, in a dignified and stately manner, resigned as president of the republic. He could so easily have precipitated an unprecedented political and constitutional crisis by simply refusing to resign. This would have […]

Africa

Rejected by the future: why Museveni failed to crack the youth vote

By Tom Goodfellow and Paul Isolo Mukwaya Yoweri Museveni claimed victory in Uganda’s recent elections, potentially extending his presidential rule to 41 years. The elections were marred by widespread claims of rigging, malpractice and intimidation. At the receiving end of this was his thoroughly brutalised opponent, the pop star-turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as […]

Africa, Opinion

How Mbeki and Obasanjo used soft power in Africa’s interests

By Oluwaseun Tella The concept of soft power has been part of the parlance of international relations for three decades. Soft power actors use non-coercive and persuasive means to achieve their objectives. Attraction rather than force is their preferred language. The application of soft power remains focused on states because of their primacy […]