VII-5. Southern Africa: Political, Economic and Social Challenges in the Region at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Conveners: Andrey A. Tokarev (Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia); e-mail:, Daria A. Zelenova (Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia); e-mail:

The panel will consider a wide range of challenges that Southern Africa is facing at the turn of the century. Special focus will be given to political, economic and social developments of the region. We encourage contributions that analyze the prospects and the current state of inter-regional cooperation (including cooperation within the framework of the SADC), the policy of the regional states within the African Union. We hope to discuss possible forecasts for the region’s development and look at possible scenarios in development of different countries of the region.