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Security and Democracy in Southern Africa

Gavin Cawthra, Andre du Pisani, and Abillah Omari
Wits University Press, IDRC

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Southern Africa has embarked on one of the world’s most ambitious security co-operation initiatives, seeking to roll out the principles of the United Nations at regional levels. This book examines the triangular relationship between democratisation, the character of democracy and its deficits, and national security practices and perceptions of eleven southern African states. It explores what impact these processes and practices have had on the collaborative security project in the region.

Based on national studies conducted by African academics and security practitioners over three years, it includes an examination of the way security is conceived and managed, as well as a comparative analysis of regional security co-operation in the developing world.

The editors

Gavin Cawthra is Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and co-ordinates the Southern African Defence and Security Management Network.

Andre du Pisani is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Namibia and has published extensively on political and social issues in Southern Africa.

Abillah H. Omari is Director of the Mozambique/Tanzania Centre for Foreign Relations, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Professor of Strategic Studies.