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Title:Achieving political objectives: South African defense priorities from the apartheid to the postapartheid era
Author:Truesdell, Amy
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:defence policy
defence industry
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v052/52.3.truesdell.pdf
Abstract:This article explores the question of how well South African defence policies and investments during the apartheid and postapartheid era have supported the country's overall political objectives and what the implications are for South African defence forces and supporting defence industries. The apartheid era is discussed first, followed by a discussion of policies that have been put in place since the transition to democracy. The underlying principles that would inform the policymaking of the ANC government are outlined: leadership in international organizations, a leadership role in the region, and demilitarization. The article further discusses the government's Strategic Defence Package of 1999, which has been fraught with controversy. It concludes that, perhaps not surprisingly, the single-mindedness of mission during apartheid contributed, in many ways, to a defence strategy that was more cohesive than that of the postapartheid era. In the postapartheid era, opportunities for using the country's defence assets to achieve political objectives and overall national priorities have not been fully exploited. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]