South Africa: Conditions, Issues and U.S. Relations


Serge Bernard (Editor)

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL053000

South Africa is a multi-racial, majority black southern African country of nearly 52 million. It held its first universal suffrage elections in 1994, after a transition from white minority rule under apartheid, a system of state-enforced racial segregation and socioeconomic discrimination. South Africa is influential regionally, due to its political engagement and trade and investment across Africa and its active role within the African Union. It is viewed as a U.S. strategic partner in Africa, despite periodic differences over some foreign policy issues. In late June 2013, President Obama traveled to South Africa after visiting Senegal, prior to a visit to Tanzania.

The trip centered on U.S.-African partnership in the areas of trade and investment, development, democracy and youth leadership development, and peace and security. Key issues addressed in South Africa included bilateral political and economic ties, development cooperation, and shared U.S.-South African aims regarding conflict mitigation, increased trade and investment, and development across Africa. This book provides an overview of current conditions, issues and U.S. relations corresponding to South Africa, with a focus on the most recent human rights and international religious freedom reports; trafficking-in statistics and economic investment climate. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


South Africa: Politics, Economy, and U.S. Relations
(Nicolas Cook, CRS)

South Africa 2012 Human Rights Report
(U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

South Africa 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

Trafficking In Persons Report 2013: South Africa
(U.S. Department of State)

2013 Investment Climate Statement: South Africa
(Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs)


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