South Africa in Africa : the post-apartheid era /
edited by Adekeye Adebajo, Adebayo Adedeji and Chris Landsberg.
Scottsville, South Africa : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007.
339 p. ; 23 cm.
1869141342, 9781869141349
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Scottsville, South Africa : University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007.
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Includes bibliographical references ([293]-329) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adekeye Adebajo is Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Adebayo Adedeji is Executive Director of the African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS) in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria, and was the Executive Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) between 1975 and 1991. Chris Landsberg is Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Professor at the University of Johannesburg.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-03-01:
Since the end of the apartheid era, South Africa's new government has been in the unique position of redefining its national identity through major--deliberate as well as difficult--reversals of the racist and socioeconomic structures of white supremacy, as they related to efforts for a long-neglected continental integration with other African states. The policy is certainly unusual for a nascent republic. This edited volume of 14 chapters explores postapartheid foreign policy by focusing on the policy's context, regional and economic challenges, and case studies that reflect varying degrees of success and failure. A central feature of this new direction has been to serve as a "democratic peacemaker" without being intrusive. Levels of success have varied, for example, from being effective in Burundi to being cautious about Zimbabwe, and reaching out across the continent to Nigeria in West Africa, and to North Africa and the Horn. The contributors, most of whom are South African scholars, offer careful, analytical insight and draw on extensive research resources, as reflected in their extensive notes and references. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. E. Doro emerita, Connecticut College
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Main Description
In this rigorous and policy-relevant book, a diverse group of Pan-African scholars examine South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy, arguing that an effective foreign policy can only be built on a strong domestic base. The authors assess key challenges of regional leadership for South Africa, addressing traditional issues of leadership, military and economic power, and less conventional foreign policy concerns, such as land conflicts and HIV/AIDS. In detailed case studies, the authors describe South Africa's role in the development of the AU (African Union) and NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development), and the country's relations with strategic countries in West, Southern, and North Africa, the Great Lakes region, and the Horn of Africa.
Main Description
Since 1994, South Africa has radically transformed its role in Africa. The one-time apartheid pariah is now a continental leader that is both envied and resented. Its politicians and diplomats have worked on peace interventions and new Pan-African institutions, while South African business has practically stampeded north of the Limpopo in search of new markets.
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 12
Terms, acronyms and abbreviationsp. 13
Introductionp. 17
South Africa and Africa's political economy: Looking inside from the outsidep. 40
Black economic empowerment: Myths and realitiesp. 63
Race and reconciliation: E Pluribus unump. 78
South Africa in Africa: Behemoth, hegemon, partner or 'just another kid on the block'?p. 92
South Africa and regional security in Southern Africap. 105
South Africa's economic expansion into Africa: Neo-colonialism or development?p. 128
Conflict and land reform in Southern Africa: How exceptional is South Africa?p. 150
HIV/AIDS and the African Renaissance: South Africa's Achilles heel?p. 177
Case studies
South Africa and the making of the African Union and NEPAD: Mbeki's 'progressive African agenda'p. 195
South Africa and Nigeria in Africa: An axis of virtue?p. 213
South Africa and its lusophone neighbours: Angola and Mozambiquep. 236
South Africa: 'Exporting peace' to the Great Lakes region?p. 253
South Africa's relations with North Africa and the Horn: Bridging a continentp. 274
Notes and referencesp. 293
Indexp. 331
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