Nuanced Balancing Act: South Africa’s National and International Interests and its ‘African Agenda’

Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA
Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA

Since apartheid ended, much of South Africa's positioning on the world stage has been informed by what has been described as an Afrocentric approach to foreign relations.

This paper examines the central question of whether or not the South African government’s ‘African Agenda’ and the ‘diplomacy of ‘Ubuntu’ articulated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), are realistic strategies that take adequate account of South Africa’s national interests as related to the human and social wellbeing of its people as provided for in the preamble of the 1996 constitution.

18 Sep 2012

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SAIIA Occasional Paper No 120, September 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
SAIIA Programme
Foreign Policy
Afrocentric, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
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