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Title:South Africa's Foreign Policy: Carving a Global Niche
Authors:Landsberg, Chris
Monyae, David
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:foreign policy
Politics and Government
international relations
Inter-African Relations
Abstract:This paper reviews how South Africa's principal foreign policy actors define the country's view of its global role from 1994 onward. It considers seven South Africa-specific international roles, namely spokesperson for a better Africa in a better world; example setter; mediator-integrator and regional subsystem collaborator; diplomat; bridge builder; activist multilateralist; and faithful ally. The paper concludes that, by 2006, the South African government believes that its foreign policy should help to create a new world order, one that would be rules-oriented and based on the values of justice and equality. However, some contradictions remain, e.g. in the context of South Africa's national and strategic interests. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]