Republic of South Africa: An Overview

  • James G. McGann


South Africa is a unique country due to its long history of combating apartheid and establishing social justice. It is also plagued by deeply rooted corruption that is ingrained in the politics of the state. Since the end of apartheid in the 1990s, numerous think tanks have established themselves in the country. This chapter aims to offer a case study of one think tank, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). While South Africa’s foreign affairs have historically only dealt with the African continent, they have had a more global outlook in recent years. It is vital to recognize the specific context in which think tanks in developing countries function and the complex challenges they face.

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  • James G. McGann
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  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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