5. Foreign Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Editors: Prof Adekeye Adebajo and Dr Kudirat Virk

South Africa is the most industrialised power in Africa and is the only African member of the G-20. It is also the only strategic partner of the European Union in Africa. Yet despite being so strategically and economically significant, there is limited scholarship on South Africa’s security, trade and diplomatic role within and beyond Africa over the last two and a half decades. This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of South Africa’s post-apartheid foreign policy. Over its 24 chapters – and with contributions from established African, Western, Asian and American scholars, as well as diplomats and analysts – the book examines the current pattern of the country’s foreign relations in impressive detail. The geographic and the thematic coverage is extensive, including chapters on: the domestic imperatives of South Africa’s foreign policy; peacemaking; defence and security; bilateral relations in Southern, Central, West, Eastern and North Africa; bilateral relations with the US, China, Britain, and France; the country’s key external multilateral relations with the UN; the BRICS grouping; the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP); as well as the EU, and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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