Nelson Mandela: A Man for the Ages

December 14, 2013

A eulogy for a leader who uplifted humanity. On Sunday, we bid a final farewell to this generation’s most beloved leader. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a man for the ages, will be laid to rest. Leaders and dignitaries from all over the world have flocked to little-known Qunu, in South Africa,...

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

December 09, 2013

Mandela has become a symbol of what one can achieve with true dedication to a cause. Background When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in 1918, South Africa was a country entirely different from what it is today. Since colonial times, people of color in South Africa were seen as...

Marikana: The Massacre After the Massacre

August 17, 2013

A year after violence escalated in South Africa, conflicts still persist.  It has been a year since 34 striking miners were shot dead by police at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa. What appeared to be a conflict between miners and police was in reality more complex:...

Lasting Legacy: Nelson Mandela’s Evolution as a Strategic Leader

August 10, 2013

Mandela is one of the most remarkable men of the last 100 years. By Paul J. H. Schoemaker The life story of Nelson Mandela is well known, and has elevated him to the level of such widely recognized heroes as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa. There is indeed much courage, sacrifice, wisdom and...

South Africa Beyond Mandela

South Africans ponder over what lies ahead in the post-Mandela years. By Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills Nelson Mandela’s leadership has been justly celebrated. He is rightly recognised as one of the great figures of our time. Many will also ask how South Africa will fare without Mandela...

When America Met Mandela

July 04, 2013

"Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea" (Nelson Mandela). By Francis Njubi Nesbitt "Who is this man Mandela?" The US News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one knew much, since the magazine could only come up with three short...

South African Press Freedom Under Threat

March 28, 2013

As a new freedom of information bill is making its way through South Africa’s legislature, Mark Silberstein looks at the history of press freedom and asks whether the ANC has lost its way. The freedom of the press was central to the African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela...