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About the Strategic Review for Southern Africa

The Strategic Review for Southern Africa is an internationally accredited and peer-reviewed periodical of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

Since the journal’s establishment in 1978 it has witnessed major social and political changes in Southern Africa, the wider continent of Africa and the world.

In recognition of these changes, and as a project in transition guided by a new editorial team, the Strategic Review for Southern Africa will be adjusted in terms of both content and format as from 2013 with volume 35, no. 1. At the same time, however, it will continue its founding mission to engage in strategic and political analysis of socio-political developments that impact Southern Africa.

The changes to the journal are intended to facilitate more vigorous and enlightened debate among scholars, policy makers, practitioners, students and activists, in order to contribute to the wider global discourse on the strengthening of democracy, human rights, security, good governance and the rule of law. The journal will therefore seek to establish a multi-disciplinary forum, where plural and open-minded interaction can transcend purely academic debate, so as to reach out to wider audiences and involve as many stakeholders as possible in the policy and civil society communities.

An engaged and engaging exchange will be stimulated by means of academic analyses, reports, debates, a review section and other briefings. Academic articles will, as in the past, be held to impeccable quality control and will be peer reviewed to uphold the journal’s scholarly credentials.

An enlarged editorial team, supported by a new advisory board, will promote and consolidate the journal’s role and relevance. The team members are:

Editorial Group

Advisory Board

Sandy Africa (senior editor)
Roland Henwood
Wilma Martin (editorial assistant)
Henning Melber (editor-in-chief)
Maxi Schoeman
Yolanda Spies (book review editor)
Mzukisi Qobo
Anton du Plessis
Kwesi Aning, Accra
Monica Juma, Addis Ababa
Carlos Lopes, Addis Ababa
Björn Möller, Aalborg
Cyril Obi, New York
Funmi Olonisakin, London/Nairobi
André du Pisani, Windhoek