Recent Submissions

  • South Africa’s post-apartheid military : lost in transition and transformation 

    Bailie, Craig (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020-10)
    The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) recently celebrated, “25 Years of Defence in Democracy”[i]. Professor Lindy Heinecken’s latest book, South Africa’s post-apartheid military: Lost in transition and transformation, ...
  • Anatomy of post-communist European defense institutions : the mirage of military modernity 

    Jordaan, Evert (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    In Anatomy of post-communist European defense institutions: The mirage of military modernity, Thomas-Durell Young’s aim was to determine why Central and Eastern European (CEE) states have failed to apply democratic defence ...
  • Legislative disconnect or institutional gatekeeping? challenges of researching South Africa's military past 

    Kleynhans, Evert; Gordon, Will (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    The Department of Defence Archive in Pretoria is the repository of all military documents generated by the Union Defence Force, the South African Defence Force and the South African National Defence Force. This makes it ...
  • Is open source GIS feasible in military operations? evaluation by applying a USE case 

    Henrico, Susan; Coetzee, Serena; Cooper, Antony (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    The study of terrain and all its related elements and facets are of crucial importance to the military. Lodi, Smit, and Ayirebi agreed with this statement and added that the importance of terrain was recognised by military ...
  • The Suwalki GAP dilemma : a strategic and operational analysis 

    Scholtz, Leopold (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    This article reports on a theoretical analysis about a series of events that will hopefully never take place. Should Russia ever decide to invade the Baltic republics, the obvious invasion route would be from Russian ...
  • From Boleas to Bangui : parliamentary oversight of South African defence deployments 

    Van Rensburg, Wilhelm Janse; Vrey, Francois; Neethling, Theo (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    Parliamentary oversight of the executive plays a key role in ensuring accountability and is therefore central to the system of checks and balances that characterises liberal democracies. After 1994, South Africa aligned ...
  • Editorial 

    Mandrup, Thomas (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    No abstract available.
  • War, aggression and self-defence 

    Kleynhans, Andre (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    This review is written against the background of the continuing Syrian conflict, and specifically Operation Peace Spring, the Turkish military intervention in northern Syria ostensibly aimed at creating a safe zone there ...
  • Operation phakisa : reflections upon an ambitious maritime-led government initiative 

    Vrey, Francois (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2019)
    Operation Phakisa enjoys ‘presidential’ status as a project launched by and housed within the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa during the Zuma administration. Phakisa is a most ambitious project, which includes ...
  • South African maritime foreign policy : rethinking the role of the South African Navy 

    Blaine, Mark; Nel, Michelle (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2019)
    The military is one of the instruments that states use in the implementation of foreign policy within the security domain. As an arm of service, the South African Navy is the instrument of implementation of foreign policy ...
  • In different times : the war of Southern Africa, 1966-1989 

    Van der Waag, I. J.; Grundlingh, A. M. (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2019)
    This is the first attempt to bring together diverse scholars, using different lenses, to study South Africa’s Border War. As a book, it is critical in approach, provides deeper reflection, and focuses specifically on the ...
  • African military geosciences : military history and the physical environment 

    Bezuidenhout, Jacques; Van der Waag, Ian (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2018)
    This eight-chapter volume, African Military Geosciences: Military History and the Physical Environment, is a tour-de-force covering nearly 500 years of African military geosciences. It is a truly global book that reveals ...
  • The African Standby Force : Quo Vadis? 

    Vrey, Francois; Mandrup, Thomas (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2017)
    Standby forces of the African Union are expected to deploy rapidly into high-intensity conflict zones. Inherently they stem from and are expected to work effectively with regional militaries of differing capabilities. But ...
  • Civil defence and protective services in South Africa during World War Two, 1939–1945 

    Monama, Fankie L. (Historical Association of South Africa, 2019-11)
    During World War Two, South Africa inaugurated the Civilian Protective Services organisation as a civil defence effort to deal with, inter alia, the preventive and protective measures in defence of the civilian population ...
  • Omega, oor en uit : die storie van ’n opstandige troep - François Verster 

    Kleynhans, Evert (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2019)
    War narratives are in essence categorised as a distinct literary kind of its own. In his masterpiece The soldier’s tale: Bearing witness to modern war, Samuel Hynes argues that mankind is generally curious about war. Hynes ...
  • The need for progress in an era of transformation : South African professional military education and military effectiveness 

    Esterhuyse, Abel; Mokoena, Benjamin (Centre for Security Governance, 2018-04-20)
    The article explores the link between defence sector reform, military effectiveness, and education. During the post-1994 transition, defence sector reform in South Africa primarily involved the ‘transformation’ of the South ...
  • Teetering on Africa’s development trajectories - a search for an African alternative 

    Breakfast, N.; Mekoa, I.; Theletsane, I. (2018-06)
    This article analyses the so-called key drivers of development in post-colonial Africa in the contexts of African leaders’ conceptualisation thereof. It exposes the divergent concepts of development that have appeared to ...
  • The "apostles of terror" : South Africa, the East African campaign, and the Battle of El Wak 

    Kleynhans, Evert (Historical Association of South Africa, 2018-11)
    Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, the Union Defence Force (UDF) had to undergo a rapid transformation from an ageing defence force to one that could project offensive power across Africa. The formation ...
  • Rise and fall of Jacob Zuma 

    Shubin, Vladimir (Brazilian Centre for Strategy & International Relations, 2018)
    In May 2014 I suddenly received a telephone call from the South African Embassy in Moscow, then an official invitation signed by Jacob Zuma followed: he wanted me to be present at his second inauguration. Unfortunately I ...
  • Twenty years of democracy: An analysis of parliamentary oversight of the military in South Africa since 1994 

    Janse van Rensburg, Wilhelm Keyter (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2019-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Prior to 1994, the practice of parliamentary oversight of the military in South Africa was extremely limited. The post-1994 shift to liberal democracy characterised by representativeness and constitutionalism ...

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