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Thomas Wheeler

Ambassador Thomas Wheeler served in the South African Foreign Service from 1961 to 2003; he served as Chief Director: Multilateral 1993 -1997; SA Ambassador to Turkey and the former Soviet Central Asian states of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 1997 - 2001; and lastly, Chief Director: Latin America and the Caribbean 2001 - 2003. He joined SAIIA as its Chief Operating Officer in 2003. He was appointed as SAIIA's Foreign Policy Research Fellow in November 2006 and is currently a research associate. He was editor of SA Foreign Policy Monitor and managing editor of the SA Yearbook of International Affairs 2008-09.


  • South African foreign policy
  • Turkey
  • Central Asia and Latin America
  • Multilateral diplomacy

Library Articles

Turkey and South Africa: Development of relations 1860-2005

The formal diplomatic relationship between Turkey and South Africa was established in 1992, however the relationship on various levels predates this by as much as 130 years. Turkey and South Africa are countries with very similar developmental patterns and problems and therefore could relate to each other on economical as well as on political issues. Between 1980 and 1992 the Turkish South...