A crisis of identity? South Africa and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty

"South Africa played a pivotal role in recent negotiations for the extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). On the one hand, South Africa has been commended for using its special attributes to build consensus amongst a divergent group of countries. On the other hand, South Africa has been criticized for bowing to American pressure, and forgoing a more inclusive approach to an important international issue. Other signals emanating from recent foreign policy decisions indicate the lack of a coherent policy. This points to the need for a more proactive approach to foreign policymaking, informed by wider participation in the foreign policy-making process."