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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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
Chapter 3: To be or not to be? Is South Africa a good international citizen?
Chapter 4: The Art of Reconciling Power and Morality: South Africa’s Norm Entrepreneurship under Cyril Ramaphosa
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
Chapter 6: The Youth and South African Foreign Policy: Influences or Passive observers
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
Chapter 12: Women, Peace and Security and
the African Continental Free Trade Area:
Consolidating the nexus in South Africa’s
Nadira Bayat and David Luke
Chapter 13: South Africa’s Economic
Diplomacy in Africa
Chapter 14: South African engagement in club
governance: A boon for economic diplomacy
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
Conclusion: A new dawn deferred?
Chapter 18 Title:
Philani Mthembu and Francis Kornegay