ISBN 9780798302913
Pages 308
Dimensions 244
Published 2012
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

South African Foreign Policy Review

Volume 1

edited by Chris Landsberg, Jo-Ansie van Wyk

The richness of public and academic discourses on the past, present and future direction of South Africa's role in Africa and the world suggests that as a sub-discipline of politics, South African foreign policy is ready for a systematic and regular appraisal in the form of a series of publications that the Institute for Global Dialogue will call South African Foreign Policy Review. This is also because constant changes in international and domestic circumstances impinge on the management and analysis of South Africa's foreign policy. This, the first review provides an important opportunity to build on existing foreign policy works in order to take stock of the road already travelled in the past decade or so. This is crucial in laying some basis for anticipating the country's future role, and considering the opportunities and challenges, which future volumes of the review will consider.

This volume provides a wide-ranging appraisal of the relationship between stated foreign policy goals and actual outputs and outcomes, an assessment of how foreign policy has actually been operationalized and implemented. To this end, common themes in South African foreign policy provide the framework for the first review. These include foreign policy decision-making; soft power dynamics in the foreign policy's strategic calculus; diplomatic tools used ñ economic diplomacy, peace diplomacy and paradiplomacy; South Africa's relations with key states in Africa, in the global south and in the global north; South Africa's approach to Africa multilateral, global multilateralism/governance. The review hopes to stimulate further discussion and thinking on the challenges confronted, and the future shape and direction of South Africa's foreign policy.

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About the Editors

Chris Landsberg

Professor Chris Landsberg is South African National NRF Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in the Faculty of Humanities, and Senior Associate: School of Leadership at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He is a former head of Politics at UJ. He was a former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he obtained his M Phil and D Phil International degrees, alongside a MA International Studies from Rhodes. A former director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg (2002–2007) and former codirector of the Centre for Africa’s International Relations (CAIR) at Wits, he has published widely on South African foreign policy and African diplomacy. His latest single-authored title is The Diplomacy of Transformation: South African Foreign Policy and Statecraft 2010.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures International Politics at the University of South Africa. She obtained her MA in Political Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pretoria. She has published on political event management, elites and leadership, international relations, foreign policy, space politics, South African politics, nuclear issues, environmental issues and international political economy. She is a Fulbright alumna and a member of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Art). She has lectured at the South African National Intelligence Academy, the South African National Defence College, the South African War College and the South African Diplomatic Academy. She has completed consultancies for the World Bank, Unesco, the Institute for Security Studies, the South African Department of Foreign Affairs, and Consultancy Africa Intelligence. In June 2010, she was appointed by the minister of trade and industry to serve on the South African Council for Space Affairs.

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