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.
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.
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