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Inside South Africa's foreign policy, diplomacy in Africa from Smuts to Mbeki, John Siko

"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."--Bloomsbury publishing
Table Of Contents
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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non fiction
New paperback edition.
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1 online resource (350 pages)
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