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Title:Asymmetry as context: the rollercoaster of South Africa - US relations post 1994
Author:Firsing, Scott
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:South Africa
United States
Subjects:international relations
foreign policy
Abstract:The United States pictured a bright future with a strategic country when the new South African government took power in 1994. They envisioned a strong partnership in political, economic and security realms. The bilateral relationship did not turn out to be as easy as many in America might have envisioned. Despite notable camaraderie during the Mandela-Clinton administrations, there was a considerable downward swing in US-South African relations during the Bush administration. This situation has since appeared to reverse itself during the current Obama and Zuma administrations. This paper, through the lens of 'asymmetry theory' as developed by Brantly Womack, seeks to shed light on how a rollercoaster relationship such as this can go through such fluctuations and not end in extreme tension. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]