External Pressure for Change in South and Southern Africa
It has become a cliche to suggest that international relations are undergoing paradigmatic shifts. And yet, no effort to comprehend contemporary affairs can divorce itself from the hard truth that comfortable assumptions about the world have been overturned by the events which began in Eastern Europe in the Autumn of 1989.
KeywordsInternational Relation National Party Constructive Engagement Political Reconciliation Hard Truth
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