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Title:Peace and Security in a Changing Southern Africa: A Frontline Review
Author:Patel, Hasu H.
Periodical:Africa Insight
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
Subjects:political change
regional security
Military, Defense and Arms
Inter-African Relations
international relations
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
Abstract:During approximately the last decade and a half, and especially over the last few years, momentous changes have taken place in the southern African region. These changes have impacted, both positively and negatively, on the countries in the region, and questions of peace and security, among others, retain their relevance during the transition to what is now often referred to as a 'new South Africa'. This article presents a frontline perspective of the South African reform process and its implications for peace and security in the region as a whole. It deals with, first, the commonly understood and real elements in the ideas of peace and security; second, the major conflictual elements impacting on questions of peace and security in the southern African region; third, some of the major trends in the southern African region since the political independence of Angola and Mozambique in the mid-1970s and that of Zimbabwe and Namibia in the 1980s; and, fourth, the impact of a changing South Africa on questions of peace and security in the region. To a great extent, peace and security in the region will be a function of developments in South Africa. A postapartheid South Africa that is able to preserve even minimal calm and continuity will be the major economic, financial, technical and military power in the region. Ref.