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Don Goodson

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Don Goodson is a Fulbright Fellow based at the University of the Witwatersrand's Centre for Africa's International Relations. He was born and raised in New Mexico but has also lived in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, France, England, Botswana and South Africa.

After graduating from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a degree in International Affairs, he attended Oxford University, where he received MSc degrees in African studies and politics as well as international relations research. He has interned or worked on Capitol Hill and at US embassies in Paris and Gaborone, as well as for the NGO Kidsave International and a Washington-based consulting firm.

Don's current research at Wits involves analysing contemporary South African foreign policy with an emphasis on South African-US relations and youth perceptions of South African foreign policy.

Entering fortress South Africa

I have had several South African friends and acquaintances complain to me about the difficulty of entering the United States since September 11. A friend…

On identity in America

Catherine Parker’s blog a few weeks ago entitled “African-American: Meaning what exactly?” raised several interesting points and got me thinking. The blog reminded me of…

Quiet diplomacy: The new constructive engagement

One of the striking features of Thabo Mbeki’s quiet diplomacy is its remarkable similarity to the policy of constructive engagement the United States pursued toward apartheid South Africa under the Reagan administration.

Where are all the Republicans?

Is the experience of coming to South Africa so life-changing that Republicans immediately become Democrats or independents upon landing in the Rainbow Nation? Or is it that Republicans are less likely to visit South Africa in the first place?

Love in the time of unipolarity

I’ve heard it said that relations between the U.S. and South Africa are a lot like relations between the U.S. and France. Having lived in all three countries, I must admit that similarities in the two bilateral relationships are unmistakable.