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Title:South Africa and Namibia: aspects of a relationship, historical and contemporary
Author:Saunders, ChrisISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:international relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2016.1243073
Abstract:South Africa occupied Namibia for 75 years. After that occupation ended in 1990, numerous ties between the two countries continued to exist and their economies are still intertwined more than 25 years later. In both countries the liberation movements that fought apartheid and then came to power are still in power. This might suggest that the relationship between the two countries would be a particularly close one. When the leaders of the two countries meet, as they regularly do, they speak of fraternal relations and point to ways in which the two countries are working together to enhance co-operation and regional integration. However, the relationship is a very unequal one, and the small state of Namibia retains suspicions of the regional hegemon, suspicions that have a long history. Areas of tension between the two states therefore remain. This paper considers aspects of their bilateral relations, within the multilateral contexts of the Southern African Customs Union and the Southern African Development Community. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]