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Title:A critique of South Africa's role on the UN Security Council
Author:Van Nieuwkerk, AnthoniISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:UN Security Council
foreign policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460709545483
Abstract:South Africa's position in the UN Security Council on issues relating to trouble spots such as Myanmar and Zimbabwe appears to be in conflict with its own principles regarding human rights and democratic governance. Apart from the perceived downgrading of human rights in the government's foreign policy posture, some are concerned that South Africa is promoting its 'Africanist' foreign policy orientation at the expense of maintaining cooperative relations with the North (in particular the EU, US and UK). This has created credibility problems for the country in its position as a non-permanent member of the Council. This article analyses the somewhat controversial role of the South African government in the UN Security Council, focusing in particular on its chairing of the Council in March 2007. It does so by examining, firstly, the purpose and role of the UN Security Council in the contemporary era; secondly, the South African government's foreign policy orientation and role in international affairs; and, thirdly, explanations for its political positions on various issues on the Security Council's agenda. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]