The Reality Behind the Rhetoric: The US, South Africa and Africa

Image: Flickr, Chris Eason
Image: Flickr, Chris Eason

"(South Africans) have done so much, in a few short years, to transform this country from an international pariah into an international leader."

“You have given promise and meaning to President Mbeki’s idea of an African Renaissance. More than that you have earned the admiration and co-operation of the United States.

The United States not only supports what is best and most promising about this continent, we are just as committed to helping you overcome what is worst and most destructive.”
— Strobe Talbott, Deputy US Secretary of State

“(O)ur belief in the possibility of success in addressing these challenges has been strengthened by the fact that there is a very close working relationship between our countries as well as between our peoples.

Our economic links have also been growing and I hope that our interaction with different sections of the American society will further enhance and consolidate these mutually important ties.”
— Thabo Mbeki, South African President

This publication is the result of a conference staged in May 2000 and co-hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) [], and sponsored by the Standard Bank of South Africa.

ISBN: 1-919810-20-X