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Title:Power and Peace: South Africa and the Refurbishing of Africa's Multilateral Capacity for Peacemaking
Author:Kagwanja, Peter M.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:peace negotiations
foreign policy
peacekeeping operations
international relations
Inter-African Relations
Politics and Government
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589000600769926
Abstract:This paper is about the interplay between power and peace in the evolution of South Africa's African policy. South Africa considers the promotion of peace and security as one of its topmost Africa policy goals, but its initial forays into African diplomacy - Nigeria (mid 1990s), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, 1997), Lesotho (1998), Angola (late 1990s) - were less than a success. Upon assuming office in 1999, President Thabo Mbeki foreswore the unilateralism of the past and adopted a new multilateral strategy, guided by his precept of 'African Renaissance'. The paper pays attention, amongst others, to regional power rivalry in the SADC and the African Union and reviews South Africa's peace diplomacy over the last five years (concerning conflicts in Burundi, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan). Mbeki's multilateral strategy has made remarkable strides in promoting peace, but is yet to become a viable tool for advancing human rights and democracy at a time when regional power rivalry and Africa's lack of funds to support large-scale peace operations have hampered its overall effectiveness. Bibliogr., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]