South Africa's contacts with the neighbouring African states during the apartheid years are well documented. But here is a unique study based on hitherto un-explored primary sources behind the apartheid screen exposing extensive contact even with the the countries further north during these years. These relations paved the way for South Africa's emergence as a middle power acceptable to its fellow African states.
Roger Pfister undertook his research at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and is a freelance researcher and writer on South Africa's international relations.
Map of Africa; List of Tables and Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface; 1. Introduction; Aim and Scope; Conceptual Framework; Sources and Literature; 2. South Africa's Foreign Policy System; Introduction; Prime Ministers and State Presidents; Department of Foreign Affairs; Military; Department of Information; National Intelligence; Progressive Party; Broederbond; Think Tanks; Rand Daily Mail; Organised Business; Parastatal and Private Companies; 3. Wind of Change: H.F. Verwoerd, 1958-66; African Independence; Appeasement; Congo; Isolation; 4. What Relations with Africa? B.J. Vorster, 1966-78; Outward-Looking Policy; Outward Movement; Dialogue; Secret Diplomacy; Detente; 5. The Military Command: P.W. Botha, 1978-89; Securocrats; Assistants, Bystanders and Outsiders; Western Indian Ocean; Armament Sales; Co-Operation with Gabon; End of Cold War; 6. New Diplomacy: F.W. de Klerk, 1989-94; Preliminaries; New Diplomacy; Negotiations; Outreach into Africa. Post-Bolpatong Developments; 7. Conclusion; Notes; Appendixes; Bibliography; Index.