n Conflict Trends - Partner to History : The US Role in South Africa's Transitionto Democracy, Princeton N. Lyman : book review

Volume 2002, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In the early 1990s, South Africa was a of the early US-centred 'new world order'. Amid fratricidal war and communal conflict in settings as diverse as Bosnia, Chechnya, Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Burundi and Kashmir, South Africans themselves - who were actively supported and encouraged by foreign political actors - negotiated an end to authoritarianism, as well as its ignominious exclusionary practices. The pariah state of the Cold War years soon emerged as the paragon and 'miracle' of the 1990s.

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