NS4327 Southern African Politics

The countries of the Southern African region are closely linked by economics, social demographics, and history. This course will examine the dynamics of Southern Africa, combining detailed studies of individual countries with themes that cross the region, such as migration, trade, regional security, economic development, and post-conflict reconstruction. Some of the topics we will cover include attempts by Southern African countries to strengthen regional integration; the role of South Africa as local hegemon; how recent events in Zimbabwe have impacted on regional dynamics; democratization and demobilization in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique, and the peace process in Angola. Designed as an upper-level seminar, the course will focus on discussion and debate of weekly reading assignments. Prior coursework in African Politics is desired, but not required. Prerequisites: None.

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  • As Required