South Africa in the company of giants : the search for leadership in a transforming global order

Show simple item record Alden, Chris (Christopher) Schoeman, Maxi 2013-04-18T06:49:03Z 2014-01-31T00:20:03Z 2013-01
dc.description.abstract South Africa, the continental economic giant and self-appointed champion of African development, is at last finding its distinctive national voice. Emboldened by the invitation to join the BRICS grouping of major emerging economies, its membership of the G20 and a second term on the UN Security Council, Pretoria is beginning to capitalize on the decade of continental and global activism undertaken by Thabo Mbeki. Gone is the defensive posturing which characterized much of the African National Congress’s (ANC) post-apartheid foreign policy, replaced by an unashamed claim to African leadership. The result is that South Africa is exercising a stronger hand in continental affairs, ranging from a significant contribution to state-building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan to an unprecedented assertiveness on Zimbabwe. Yet there are lingering doubts within the country, across Africa and among elements of the international community as to Pretoria’s ability to conduct a foreign policy commensurate with its new status. Indeed, already there are signs that playing a greater international role carries with it unanticipated costs, complications and challenges: for example, the acrimonious process which saw a South African candidate eventually win the chair of the African Union Commission, and the fraught domestic and continental reaction to the government’s position on Libyan intervention in 2011. In this regard, South Africa’s newly assertive foreign policy remains constrained by three factors: the unresolved issue of the South African identity; a host of domestic limitations linked to material capabilities and internal politics; and the divided continental reaction to South African leadership. These factors will continue to inhibit the ability of South Africa to translate its international ambitions and global recognition into a concrete set of foreign policy achievements. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Alden, C & Schoeman, M 2013, 'South Africa in the company of giants : the search for leadership in a transforming global order', International Affairs, vol. 89, no.1, pp. 111-129. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0020-5850 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1468-2346 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/1468-2346.12007
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons en_US
dc.rights © 2013 The Author(s). International Affairs © 2013 The Royal Institute of International Affairs. Published by Blackwell Publishing. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: South Africa in the company of giants: the search for leadership in a transforming global order, International Affairs, vol. 89, no.1, pp. 11-129. 2013 which has been published in final form at en_US
dc.subject Global order en_US
dc.subject.lcsh South Africa -- International relations en
dc.subject.lcsh Leadership -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Globalization -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh BRICS en
dc.title South Africa in the company of giants : the search for leadership in a transforming global order en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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