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Lost in Isolationism? Swaziland Elections and Prospects for the Future

Chatham House, London

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Alex Vines OBE, Head, Africa Programme and Research Director, Area Studies and International Law, Chatham House
Discussant: Dr Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Chair: Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Swaziland (1993–96)


With an economy limited by an uncontrollable public wage bill and dependence upon sugar production and export, and a population with the world's highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the Kingdom of Swaziland is on an unsustainable trajectory, argues the Chatham House report Swaziland: Southern Africa's Forgotten Crisis. Ahead of Swaziland’s parliamentary elections on 20 September, this event will launch the report, which lays out the importance of - and options for - regional and international engagement for reversing the decline of sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy.

The report was initially launched in Johannesburg, South Africa on 6 September.