Originally published in 1996/1997, Issue 2 (Issue 50)

Welcome to the fiftieth edition of Interstate. Interstate first began production in 1965 as a journal of political and international affairs produced by students and in association with the academic staff of the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The Interstate committee of this issue would therefore like to thank everyone who has been involved in the production of Interstate and has contributed to the journal over the last thirty-five years. In particular, the committee would like to thank Dr Moorhead Wright who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Dr Moorhead Wright has provided a guiding influence for Interstate committees past and present and will be a hard act to follow as his involvement with the journal goes back to its earliest days.

Issue 50 of Interstate has the additional spectacular feature of equalling the longest ever edition of the journal, which stands at sixty pages. The opening three articles are based on the recent Workshop on Understanding Security and Development in Africa jointly held by the African and Caribbean Society (UWA) and the Aberystwyth Forum on Humanitarian Affairs and they provide the theme of this edition.

Interstate would also like to take this opportunity to invite more support from those interested in forming the new Interstate committee as the present committee will be vastly depleted by the departure of most of its members in June. I hope that many readers will seriously consider this invitation, as Interstate is a very worthwhile publication offering the chance for you to put forward your ideas and advance those of others who are without this chance.