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The Obama team will have an opportunity to try again with Pretoria, not least because South Africa will also have a new government after next month’s elections. But the Washington Post also carries another reminder today of how difficult that task will be if South Africa does not also shift its policies. A “peace conference” was cancelled after the government denied a visa for the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Dalai Lama. This once again places South Africa in the awkward position of taking the side of human rights abusers. After actively backing Iran, Zimbabwe, and other odious regimes against international condemnation, the South African government seems yet again to be on the wrong side of history. This is sorrowfully ironic given the role of the international community in isolating the apartheid regime and South Africa’s own view of itself as defender of the vulnerable. But it is not lost on South Africa’s increasingly frustrated civil society. Nelson Mandela’s grandson, organizer of the peace conference, is quoted:
On February 23, CGD President Nancy Birdsall will deliver the first Kapuscinski Development Lecture of 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Her lecture, “The New Middle Class in the Developing World: Does It Matter?” will take a hard look at what it means to be middle class in developing countries and explore the role of strugglers, the rapidly expanding group of people caught between extreme poverty and the middle class.