"The author set himself the task of examining South Africa's position in the post-Cold War world. This involved looking at the nature and impact of recent changes in international affairs, and how they have affected South Africa. His first step was to try to understand the changes by identifying scholarly interpretations of the post-Cold War international scene.Then, as a second step, he turned to study the implications of the global changes on South Africa, in particular to see how far the attitudes and behaviour of the South African Government interlock with the scholarly paradigms."