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Research Report

South African-United States relations at the turn of a new century:: Retrospectively looking forward

Francis A. Kornegay
Garth le Pere
Noelle Lawson
Copyright Date: Oct. 1, 2000
Pages: 58

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  1. (pp. [i]-[ii])
  2. (pp. [iii]-[V])
  3. (pp. 1-11)

    To a large extent the bilateral amity is no doubt due to the >miracle= nature of South Africa=s dramatic transition. It was characterized by the defusing of an accelerating race war with ideological overtones; one that held the potential to polarize the politics of race in the united States itself. Instead, South Africa=s negotiated transition produced, at least initially, a >rainbow nation= of racial reconciliation. These positive dynamics mirrored the vision of many an American who wished for amity between black and white in the united States. This vision was personified in the magnanimity of a long-suffering Nelson Mandela. in...

  4. (pp. 11-23)

    The foregoing has been little more than an interpretive thumb-nail sketch, from an American perspective, of the united States-South and southern African scene summarized within an historical context spanning a period of roughly three decades. Apart from policy critiques of nssm 39, Aconstructive engagement@ or the sanctions era, this is a chapter in united States-South African relations that requires a book on its own in order for students of the bilateral relationship to fully understand how and why the contemporary relationship between the two countries at governmental, non-governmental and people-to-people levels has evolved to its current point.

    There is a...

  5. (pp. 24-34)

    At a symbolic level at least the launching of BNC, under the cochairmanship of United States Vice-President Al Gore and South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki appeared to signal both countries= mutual commitment to building a special bilateral relationship. For Washington the BNC was a key component in a policy that would see the normalization of United States-South African relations from one of politically charged controversy linked to navigating around the racial system of apartheid to one focused on consolidating democracy and cultivating new investment opportunities for American business.

    Save for the peacekeeping debacle in Somalia, and its delayed reactionary...

  6. (pp. 34-48)

    To what extent does this sense of Amisalignment@ carry over into the bilateral politics of South African and American foreign and security policy? Here one can hasten to add that there are no contentious foreign policy quarrels and disagreements between Pretoria and Washington although, no doubt, there is a substantial area where relations are on an >agree to disagree= footing. The ANC has carried with it into government a liberation movement network of anti-imperialist Third World allies and commitments based on the support it received from these quarters which it shows no signs of shedding. Nor should it. In many...

  7. (pp. 48-51)

    On the other hand the BNC relationship is certainly in need of review. This process might take the form of Pretoria and Washington setting up a binational ad hoc review commission to assess the BNC and arrive at recommendations on how it might be strengthened. There is more than a Tittle room for building on its current technicist focus with the aim of generating more constituency-building outreach and momentum into the binational relationship. Here there is no reason why the focus, especiaTTy from the South African side, shouTd not be on adding an African Renaissance dimension to the BNC. The...

  8. (pp. 52-53)