Edited by Lesley Masters and Jo-Ansie van Wyk


ICLA contribution:  chapter on ‘South Africa and the International Criminal Court’ by Dire Tladi

About the publication

This third volume of the South African Foreign Policy Review looks back over the past 25 years and assesses questions of continuity and change in South African foreign policy. With the resignation of Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa (2018), this timely volume provides insight into the country’s foreign policy during his administration. While navigating foreign policy issues and actors that shape the country’s international relations, the contributors to this volume assess the role of the foreign minister, special advisers, think tanks and other domestic players who look to shape foreign policy.

Growing domestic interest in South Africa’s internation al conduct has raised public debate on questions of foreign policy, which authors grapple with in various chapters that address: the country’s approach to strategic partnerships, South Africa and the International Criminal Court ,international trade, development cooperation and nuclear diplomacy. As the country moves forward under new leadership, the book hopes to contribute to, and support further discussion on the future shape and direction of South African foreign policy.

Table of Contents

Section I: Theory, Ideology and  orientation

Chapter 1: Introduction
Lesley Masters and Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Chapter 2: Debates on South African Foreign Policy and Ideology in the Mbeki-Zuma years: An Afro-Decolonial Meditation
Siphamandla Zondi

Section II: Actors

Chapter 3: The foreign policy legacies of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane: Institutionalising Pan-Africanist visions and economic diplomacy
Siphokazi Magadla and Nica Cornell

Chapter 4: A Plurality of Voices? Domestic Sources of South Africa’s Foreign Policy
Suzanne Graham

Chapter 5: Think Tanks and South Africa’s Peace diplomacy
Andrea Prah

Chapter 6: Special advisers and  South Africa’s foreign policy
Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Chapter 7: Watching the watchers: Oversight channels and the democratisation of South Africa’s foreign policy
Lesley Masters

Section III: Foreign Policy Issue Areas

Chapter 8: South Africa’s Strategic Partnerships – between pragmatism and symbolism
John Kotsopoulos

Chapter 9: South African Foreign Policy and the Justice-Peace nexus
Dire Tladi

Chapter 10: South Africa’s Economic Diplomacy under the Zuma Presidency: Where to for the new Administration?
Philani Mthembu

Chapter 11: To Give or Not to Give: The Politics of Ambivalence in South Africa’s Development Cooperation
Fritz Nganje

Chapter 12: South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy during the Zuma presidency
Jo-Ansie van Wyk and Scott Firsing

Section IV: Looking back, looking  forward

Chapter 13: South  Africa’s Power Capabilities – looking to the future
Jakkie Cilliers

Chapter 14: A sunset and a new dawn: From Zuma to Ramaphosa
Jo-Ansie van Wyk and Lesley Masters