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South Africa: A State With Many Nations

Aug. 24, 2017 The country is too bogged down in its own domestic issues to become the regional leader it could be.


Compared to its regional counterparts, South Africa is a wealthy country. It has a strong economy and a solid industrial base. It has the potential to become a regional leader and assert influence over all of southern Africa. And yet, South Africa today is focused almost entirely inward, its ability to project power constrained by competition between numerous factions.

This wasn’t always the case. During apartheid, the country was ruled by an autocratic regime that was able to develop a coherent – albeit extremely exclusive – ...

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