IBSA Regional Security Dimensions: The South Africa Perspective

"This essay examines the challenges of international security with reference to the experience of the IBSA coalition. Specifically, it explores the role of IBSA in global security through the lens of South Africa. Its principal argument is that IBSA can play a crucial role – within the framework of South-South cooperation – in addressing conventional non-traditional security threats in the contemporary global order. And given its regional political and security circumstances and global posture, South Africa can play vital role in contributing to IBSA’s effectiveness and relevance in this regard. Yet it is worth recognising that the impact of South Africa’s contribution will be limited by the constraints placed on its regional policy by the political and security dynamics of the Southern African region. Addressing these constraints is necessary if South Africa is to fulfil its regional and global policy objectives."