Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Botswana: Assessing Risks to Stability (June 2011)

The report, Botswana: Assessing Risks to Stability, is part of a series examining the risks of instability in 10 African countries over the next decade: The report was produced by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and authored by David W. Throup.  The project was commissioned by the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and the countries covered are Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. Highlights from the Botswana report include:
  • Botswana's economy remains highly dependent on diamond revenues, and repeated efforts to create alternative types of economic growth and job creation have failed
  • Botswana's vulnerability as a result of dependence on regional dynamics
  • Possible change in the political balance of power in the next decade

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