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Consistent Or Confused - The Politics Of Mbeki's Foreign Policy 1995-2007 (Paperback) Loot Price: R231
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Consistent Or Confused - The Politics Of Mbeki's Foreign Policy 1995-2007 (Paperback)

Oscar van Heerden

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Mbeki’s vision of an African Renaissance was a mammoth undertaking. At the centre of this was the determination that the continent needed to demonstrate that Africa’s challenges could, and indeed would, be solved by Africans themselves. South Africa’s Foreign Policy choices were not so easily discernible, however.

There were several hot topics pertaining to South African foreign policy at this time: Zimbabwe, South Africa’s role in the UN Security Council, and the way in which South Africa positioned itself on the continent. The brinkmanship between Mbeki and Mugabe to find a lasting solution to the difficulties in Zimbabwe was easier said than done during the mediation process. A newly democratic South Africa was also elected as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council; however, an unreformed United Nations system presented numerous complexities in this regard, especially in the realm of the often obvious and logical rhetoric by the five permanent members. Furthermore, a globalised world also meant that trade relations are not obvious and straightforward when negotiating a massive trade deal with the European Union and its implications for the immediate region of SADC. The intricacies of Foreign Policy meanderings and game theory are all but certain when you are dealing with sophisticated objectives and your own national interests as a country.

This book attempts to navigate these complexities and illustrate the difficulties that bureaucrats have to contend with while satisfying the clear objectives of advancing the ‘National Interest’ of the Republic, sometimes at great cost.

General

Imprint: Staging Post
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: July 2017
Authors: Oscar van Heerden
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 168
ISBN-13: 978-0-9947017-8-7
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Comparative politics
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LSN: 0-9947017-8-0
Barcode: 9780994701787

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