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View the the video of Author Greg Mills speaking to Polity's Sashnee Moodley about his co-authored book - A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence.

Searching for explanations, or excuses for failure, will not get South Africa's stalled economy moving. Whoever, and whatever, is at fault, there are five strategic requirements for reforms to address the overriding need to create not only more, but better jobs.

Experts have warned that without urgent repairs the Kariba Dam risks collapse, unleashing a 'tsunami' of water through the Zambezi Valley

Greg Mills describes the impact of decades of coups and unrest in South Africa's fractious neighbour.

Tazara railway can be turned around, though it will require dollops of political will to do so. At first, it will necessitate a recognition that its current state is not 'fixed', even though it suits several key actors to keep it down and out.

Despite a (sort of) peace for the last 15 years and oodles of international advice, training and finance to patch up its government and ethnically integrate its armed forces after decades of pogroms

This Africa Day, Australia should take stock of the progress the continent has made in the past decade, but also reassess how it can help in areas like counterterrorism, sport and the arts


This Discussion Paper traces Brazil's difficult path from military rule to faltering global economic power. Based on field research in Brazil in late 2015, the authors pin-point several telling success stories.

The first Brenthurst Discussion Paper for 2016 suggests a number of ways the catalytic power of Africa's swing states could be harnessed for the betterment of their regions, the continent and the world.

Mexico is proving that manufacturing does not have to be a race to the bottom of the cheap wage pile. It also shows that effective trade policy trumps industrial policy. Hopefully these two principal lessons were absorbed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during his visit to Mexico in October this year.

'How South Africa Works - And Must Do Better', authored by Greg Mills and Jeffrey Herbst hit South African bookshelves in 2015. The book was launched across South Africa during July 2015.

Two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. The rate of urbanization is fastest in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is projected to more than double its total population, adding one billion people, between now and then. Most of that growth - 80 per cent - will occur in urban areas.

On 8 July 2015, the Brenthurst Foundation in partnership with ICEX (the Spanish Trade Development Institute) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a high-level Roundtable examining the current challenges and opportunities in Southern Africa as the region seeks to greatly enhance electricity generating capacity over the coming decade.

Ethiopia is rising. Over the last decade, it has been the fastest growing economy in Africa. The Ethiopian government has driven growth through a range of infrastructural investments - rail and air transport, hydro-electricity and a national fibre optic cable scheme, to name some of the biggest

'How South Africa Works' examines the road to a higher growth path for the economy and, critically, for South Africa's employment prospects.

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