Inside South Africa's Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Africa from Smuts to Mbeki (International Library of African Studies)

Inside South Africa's Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Africa from Smuts to Mbeki (International Library of African Studies)

By: John Siko (author)Hardback

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South Africa is a major player in African diplomacy. Its economic, diplomatic and military resources far outstrip those of other nations on the continent, and it has, since the country's 1994 democratic transition, sought to take a lead role in the continent's relations with other power blocs, particularly during the 1999-2008 presidency of Thabo Mbeki. While Mbeki's push for greater African engagement in the global political sphere drew widespread praise, other positions-notably its seeming inaction toward Zimbabwe and perceived abandonment of its stated emphasis on human rights in foreignpolicy-were more controversial, both at home and abroad. John Siko has had insider access to South Africa's leading foreign policy players, and has been able to ask why Pretoria has taken its various stances and who has mattered in influencing those decisions, a topic little examined since 1994. In addition, he examines the foreign policy process over the past century, determining that despite ANC promises of greater democratic engagement on foreign policy, the process has changed quite little.

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John Siko joined the US State Department in 2000. He has worked on Southern African political issues throughout his career as an analyst and diplomat, serving in Pretoria (2004-2006) and Cape Town (2008-2011). He is, in addition, an adjunct professor at Georgetown and George Washington Universities in Washington DC. John also holds BA and MA degrees from the George Washington University in Washington DC, and he is a term member of the US Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in DC.


Chapter 1: Understanding South African Foreign Policymaking 7 Chapter 2: A Brief History of South African Foreign Policy 15 Chapter 3: Public Opinion and Pressure Groups 34 Chapter 4: The Press 48 Chapter 5: Academia 61 Chapter 6: Business 87 Chapter 7: Parliament 102 Chapter 8: Ruling Parties 115 Chapter 9: Government Departments 126 Chapter 10: The Prime Minister and President 143 Chapter 11: Conclusion-Room, But Not Willingness, for Engagement 158 Bibliography 162 Appendix: List of Interviews 186 Endnotes

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  • publication date: 30/06/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781780768311
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781780768311
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 1780768311

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