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Title:South African foreign policy and international practice 1995/96: an analysis
Author:Henwood, RolandISNI
Periodical:South African Yearbook of International Law
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:foreign policy
Abstract:In this evaluation of South African foreign policy for the years 1995-1996, both the internal and external developments impacting on foreign policy are analysed, notably the constitutional and institutional dimension of foreign policy, and foreign policy formulation and implementation. The focus is on the more salient features of current foreign policy developments. Specific issues include the new Constitution and foreign policy discussion documents, South Africa's relations with the two Chinas, Cuba, Iran, Libya, and the USA, and the regional dimension of South Africa's foreign policy and its relations with Nigeria, Algeria, Rwanda, and the rest of the southern African region. The author concludes that contradictions in South African foreign policy are indicative of a lack of clarity on values and national interests. The end result is that it is difficult to predict, explain and evaluate South Africa's foreign policy. This holds the danger that the South African government's foreign policy actions will be seen as reactive and ad hoc, or alternately, as increasingly ambiguous. Ann., notes, ref.