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Merle Lipton is an historian and political analyst currently attached to the Africa Research Programme in the War Studies Dept.

Her previous research & teaching attachments have included University of Sussex, Brighton; Chatham House , London; University of Stellenbosch,  South Africa; and Yale University & the Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington DC.


Research Interests

She is currently writing a book on &  writing a book on “The interaction between South Africa’s domestic and foreign policies”. 



  • “Are the BRICS reformers, revolutionaries or counter-revolutionaries?”, South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA) 2017, 24 (1).
  • “Is South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy being Consolidated or Eroded?”, SAJIA 2014, 21(1).
  • “Understanding South Africa’s foreign policy: the perplexing case of Zimbabwe”, SAJIA, December, 2009. 16(3).
  • Editor & contributor Land, Labour & Livelihoods in Rural South Africa, 2 vols (Indicator Press, Durban, 1996).
  • Joint editor/contributor, State & Market in Post-Apartheid South Africa (1993, Witwatersrand Univ Press,
  • Liberals, Marxists and Nationalists: competing interpretations of South African History (2009, Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Capitalism & Apartheid: South Africa: 1910-86 (1986, Gower Press)(2009),