International Reports

From Liberation Movement to Government

by Christopher Clapham

Past Legacies and the Challenge of Transition in Africa

Virtually all African liberation movements have experienced considerable difficulties in actually making the transition from struggle to government. The persistence of this phenomenon in Africa was the wellspring for an international Dialogue of leading struggle veterans, policy makers and experts in early October 2012. Experience from South Africa and indeed across Africa suggests that as the immediate euphoria of liberation subsides, problems characteristically arise that have to be traced back to the liberation movement itself.