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SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 2, 1978

This international affairs bulletin contains four articles: Hedley Bull’s article concerns the relationship between the West and South Africa, which is more tense than ever before. This article inquires into reasons for Western hostility towards ...

A Regional Power in the Making: Ethiopian Diplomacy in the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia’s regional engagement and foreign policy is based on its Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy and Strategy (FANSPS), launched in 2002. The country is a key player in the Horn of Africa and, despite recent internal conflict, crucia...

Whither Human Rights in African International Relations?

"Strict observance of state sovereignty, once a mainstay of international relations, has given way to a global concern to protect human rights wherever they are threatened. On paper, at least, Africa shares this international commitment in its est...

Human Rights in Foreign Policy and Practice: The South African Case Considered

"This paper opens with a look at the questions posed by Peter Baehr, an authority on the relationship between human rights and foreign policy, such as whether countries should attempt to promote human rights through foreign policy and how they can...

China in Mozambique: A Cautious Approach

"China's engagement with Africa has taken a different form in its relations with Mozambique, which are characterised by caution and compromise. China's engagement with Africa has taken a different form in its relations with Mozambique, which are c...

South Africa and the United States in a Post-Bush Era

As South Africa faced its own transition of national leadership, its leaders were tasked with dealing with a new administration in Washington, DC, following the United States' national elections due in November 2008.

The DRC at 50: Confronting the Challenges of Peace and Territorial Consolidation

"On 30 June 2010 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) celebrated 50 years of independence from colonial rule. At 50, the country is torn between competing and contradictory internal forces as it tries to negotiate a path towards self understandi...

Brazil as an Regional Power in Latin America or South America?

This briefing, part history of ideas, part history of international relations, provides historical background to Brazil’s emergence as a regional power. It argues that Brazil never considered itself an integral part of Latin America which, for Bra...

US-South Africa relations and the "Pariah" states

"The storm of controversy that followed the announcement of South African arms sales to Syria in January 1997 raised a number of questions about South Africa's foreign policy and, specifically, its relations with the United States (US) and so-call...

Taking Southern Africa into the 21st century

"Southern Africa is confronted with a host of challenges that includes globalisation and regionalism. These challenges are not being successfully confronted but other developments has taken place like the drop in military spending, economic growth...

A constructive approach to constructive engagement

"This paper discusses the constructive engagement policy of America towards South Africa during the Carter administration and beyond. The influence that this policy had on South Africa as well as the reaction of the South African Government on its...

An analysis of Nigerian foreign policy: the evolution of political paranoia

"At independence in 1960, the Nigerian state represented a contrived federal balance between three ethnically and politically divided federal states. The political rivalry and tension between the three factions precluded the evolution of any speci...

The free world and South Africa

Senator McGovern addressed SAIIA on 7 December 1978 on an issue that was similar to the American situation 200 years ago namely maintaining security and stability whilst advancing freedom and justice. The Senator described the free world and what ...

‘Strategic Partnerships’: The European Union’s Quest for Global Clout

"The European Union (EU) has revisited many of its external policies with the view to strengthen its relations with strategic partners in the developing world, and to boost its visibility as a pivotal political actor on the global stage. These st...

Sanctions against South Africa: the changing context

This paper discusses the reasons for sanctions against countries and what the achievement of this supposedly would be. The sanctions by Britain against Rhodesia is discussed in length and continues with answering the question if dialogue and negot...

No crisis: the implications of U.S dependence on Southern African strategic minerals

The United States is dependent on minerals from outside its borders and for this reason there is a concern about minerals security, but the author is of the meaning that this dependency on South Africa for mineral resources is greatly exaggerated ...

The United States and South Africa: Three South African perspectives

This paper describes the experience of 3 people visiting the United States on a Leader Exchange program (USSALEP). The papers contain information on the international relations of US towards South Africa and how the American Government and busines...

South African - Australian relations and the politics of perception: Kissing cousins or a quarrel in the family

"As one might expect, there are many perceptions of South Africa in Australia: each is the product of the world view of the beholder. This is not to say, as some would have us believe, that the topic of South Africa dominates the thinking of Aust...

Robert Mugabe on aspects of Zimbabwean foreign and domestic policies

This is the complete transcript of an interview given by the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, the Hon. Robert Mugabe on 28 January, 1981, to Jonathan Kapstein, Africa editor for Business Week. Mr Mugabe was questioned on his views of South Africa, the...

Cuba, Angola and the West

Developments in Angola are likely to have an impact not only on South West Africa but also on changing foreign policy perceptions of both East and West towards Southern African problems. Any discussion on Angola must take cognizance of the role p...

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