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SOUTH AFRICA IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL 2011–2012:: Promoting the African Agenda in a sea of multiple identities and alliances

Francis Kornegay
Fritz Nganje
Copyright Date: Apr. 1, 2012
Pages: 59

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  1. (pp. [ii]-[iv])
  2. (pp. v-vi)
  3. (pp. 1-2)
    Siphamandla Zondi
  4. (pp. 5-26)
    Francis A. Kornegay

    South Africa’s ‘second coming’ as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council has inevitably spawned a revisiting of its first stint on the Security Council. Given the controversies surrounding Pretoria’s 2007-08 tenure, there is a tendency towards critical speculation on its second tenure that may be suggestive of a ‘fighting the last war’ syndrome given the radically different context that awaits South Africa in 2011-12. During its first tenure, controversies associated with Security Council deliberations and resolutions on Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Iran, among others, saw South Africa come in for withering criticism on its votes and procedural actions on...

  5. (pp. 27-36)
    Sanusha Naidu

    South Africa’s current two-year non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) can best be described as a second chance. In the period since Pretoria’s first term in 2007-08, South Africa’s foreign policy has undergone some significant shifts.

    The first of these under the Zuma Administration was the change in the name of the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). This created the impression that the impetus behind the country’s foreign policy would be anchored along the lines of a more expansive set of engagements that entailed cooperation as a foundation of...

  6. (pp. 37-48)
    Aubrey Matshiqi

    In an article written for Foreign Affairs in 1993, just before the dawn of democracy in South Africa in 1994, Nelson Mandela, the first president of democratic South Africa, said: “As the 1980s drew to a close I could not see much of the world from my prison cell, but I knew it was changing. There was little doubt in my mind that this would have a profound impact on my country, on the Southern African region and the continent of which I am proud to be a citizen. Although this process of global change is far from complete, it...

  7. (pp. 49-50)
  8. (pp. 52-53)