Limited Détente: The Challenges to Repairing South Africa-Nigeria Ties

South African President Jacob Zuma, left, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Palace, Abuja, Nigeria, March 8, 2016. (AP photo).
South African President Jacob Zuma, left, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Palace, Abuja, Nigeria, March 8, 2016. (AP photo).
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South African President Jacob Zuma’s two-day trip to Nigeria earlier this month was the first step in a campaign to first stabilize and then hopefully radically improve relations between Africa’s two anchor states. Analysts have been lamenting for some time the degree to which this pivotal relationship has been allowed to deteriorate. Poor relations have been detrimental to African unity, the cohesion and purpose of the African Union, and the promotion of the wider African agenda of development, conflict management and democratization. What’s behind this overdue diplomatic outreach, and what are the prospects for a lasting rapprochement? Since 2009, the […]

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