USIP and Beyond Conflict discussed lessons learned from South Africa’s transformation experience with some of the key negotiators during the transition, from both the African National Congress and National Party.

Lessons
Pictured from left to right, Tim Phillips, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Roelf Meyer, Mohammed Bhabha, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

South Africa’s remarkable transition from apartheid to majority rule in the 1990s has often been referenced as a model for other countries in need of significant reform and grappling with a bloody past.  The recent passing of Nelson Mandela has renewed interest in the country’s transformation.  But there remain unanswered questions concerning whether the processes that worked in South Africa and lessons learned are applicable in other contexts.  Can the South African experience be replicated?  Twenty years after Mandela was elected president, is the South African model still relevant in today’s world?  What messages do the transition leaders have for countries struggling with their own transitions?

Panelists

Roelf Meyer
Former Chief National Party Negotiator and Minister of Constitutional Affairs 

Mohammed Bhabha
Chairperson of Senate Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs and former ANC negotiator

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
Republic of South Africa Ambassador to the United States

Tim Phillips, Introductory Remarks
Chairman and Co-Founder, Beyond Conflict

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Moderator
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace & former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa

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