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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s notion of a New Dawn as the clarion call for his presidency is yet to manifest fully in South Africa’s foreign policy. However, some changes are already indicating a departure from the Zuma era’s foreign policy. Ramaphosa’s emphasis on foreign direct investment and trade seems to be the cornerstone of his tenure’s foreign policy. Besides this, some other developments and continuities require deeper reflection; one of the objectives of the fourth volume of the highly successful South African Foreign Policy Review series. Broadly a reflection and assessment of the Ramaphosa era, the volume intends to focus on foreign policy leadership, foreign policy architecture, diplomacy, questions such as national interests and national identity, and South Africa’s bi- and multilateral relations. Contributors to volume 4 include South African and international experts, and will, like previous volumes, be of great use to diplomats, academics, students, government officials, parliamentarians, politicians, the media, and civil society.

Volume 4, continues to build on the analysis of South Africa’s conduct internationally. The Review fills a gap in the continuity of analysis on South African Foreign policy, providing an important resource in tracing trends and developments. If the country is to maintain and grow its role in the region and international affairs more broadly, the public, scholars, and practitioners need to be able to take stock of how the country has conducted itself internationally so far, and how it could improve on a number of fronts including areas such as regional leadership, balancing principles and practice, and supporting diplomatic practice.

The fourth volume of the South African Foreign Policy Review, edited by Lesley Masters, Jo Ansie van Wyk, and Philani Mthembu, includes 18 chapters. In reviewing the conduct of South African foreign policy, the analysis focuses on key themes in South Africa’s foreign policy, with a particular focus on the Ramaphosa administration and the idea of a ‘New Dawn’.

The book provides consideration of the norms and values, architecture, and practice of foreign policy through exploring conceptual frameworks and reviewing diplomacy in practice.

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Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 416
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7983-0536-5
Publish Year : September 2022
Rights : World Rights



Acronyms and abbreviations

Part 1: Introducing the new dawn Chapter 1: A New Dawn for South African Foreign Policy?

Lesley Masters, Philani Mthembu, Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Part 2: The new dawn: reimagining ideas, norms, and identity

Chapter 2: South African Foreign Policy and the search for ontological security

Bianca Naude

Chapter 3: To be or not to be? Is South Africa a good international citizen?

Suzanne Graham

Chapter 4: The Art of Reconciling Power and Morality: South Africa’s Norm Entrepreneurship under Cyril Ramaphosa

Marcel Nargar

Part 3: Constructing the new dawn: Architecture, Actors and in Instruments in South African Foreign Policy

Chapter 5: Parliament and International Agreements: A systems perspective to foreign policy oversight

Natalie Leibrandt-Loxton

Chapter 6: The Youth and South African Foreign Policy: Influences or Passive observers

Sven Botha

Chapter 7: South Africa’s Maritime Diplomacy Lisa Otto

Chapter 8: South Africa’s defence diplomacy: a viable instrument of foreign and security policy Faith Mabera

Chapter 9: Towards the urbanisation of foreign policy in South Africa?

Fritz Nganje and Odilile Ayodele

Chapter 10: South Africa and COVID-19: foreign policy implications and health diplomacy

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, Lesley Masters, Philani Mthembu

Part 4: Searching for a Niche in the New Dawn: South Africa in the World

Chapter 11: South Africa’s Quest for Continental Peace and Security

Cheryl Hendricks

Chapter 12: Women, Peace and Security and

the African Continental Free Trade Area:

Consolidating the nexus in South Africa’s

foreign policy

Nadira Bayat and David Luke

Chapter 13: South Africa’s Economic

Diplomacy in Africa

Chris Vandome

Chapter 14: South African engagement in club

governance: A boon for economic diplomacy

Arina Muresan

Chapter 15: South Africa’s campaigns to lead

multilateral organisations (tbc)

Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Chapter 16: Constituting a post-hegemonic

world order? Canada, South Africa and the

fragility of ‘middlepowerism’

David R. Black and David J. Hornsby

Chapter 17: Conflicting Perspectives and

Cooperative Connections: South African - US

Relations during the Ramaphosa


Christopher Williams

Conclusion: A new dawn deferred?

Chapter 18 Title:

Philani Mthembu and Francis Kornegay



Lesley Masters

Dr. Lesley Masters is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, SARChI Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Before moving into academia Lesley was a senior researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue based in Pretoria, responsible for the management of projects on foreign policy and diplomacy. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Leicester, UK. Her research continues to focus on foreign policy, global governance, and international diplomacy.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Jo-Ansie van Wyk is a Professor of International Politics, Department of Political Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. She has published widely on, amongst others, South Africa's foreign policy and international relations. She is a rated South African researcher (National Research Foundation C3 rating). She is the Secretary of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) and has completed consultancies for, inter alia, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the African Commission on Nuclear Energy.

Philani Mthembu

Philani Mthembu is Executive Director at the Institute for Global Dialogue, an independent foreign policy think tank based in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa. Prior to joining the IGD, he pursued a joint doctoral programme (Dr. rer. pol.) with the Graduate School of Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and the School of International Studies at Renmin University, Beijing (China). The focus of his dissertation was on the rise of emerging powers as sources of development cooperation in Africa, for which he was awarded Magna Cum Laude. He co-founded the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of academic, expert, and public understanding of global politics. While completing his Masters's in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he headed the Academic Development Programme for first-year students and was elected as the first independent candidate to the Student Representative Council (SRC). His recent publications include a single-authored book titled China and India's Development Cooperation in Africa: The Rise of Southern Powers, a co-edited book titled From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals: The Travails of International Development, a co-edited book titled Africa and the World: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics, and a co-edited book titled Africa China Cooperation: Towards an African Policy on China.

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