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Title:Reflections on norm dynamics: South African foreign policy and the no-fly zone over Libya
Author:Neethling, Theo
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:international relations
foreign policy
UN Security Council
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220461.2012.670381
Abstract:The implementation of the United Nations Security Council vote (1973, 2011) in favour of a no-fly zone in Libya was met with mixed reactions by South African foreign policy observers and commentators in March 2011. Officially, South Africa had voted for Resolution 1973 as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council, yet soon after the initial stage of implementation Pretoria made an appeal to international role-players to respect the unity and territorial integrity of Libya as well as Tripoli's rejection of any foreign military intervention. Critics asserted that South Africa had to be goaded into accepting a no-fly zone, based on 'the responsibility to protect', but that it soon backtracked, depriving itself of any shred of credibility it had left in international relations. Others noted that in some instances the normative objective of South Africa's foreign policy appears aimed at contributing to democracy, human rights, and justice in the international community, while in other instances, the South African government claims to uphold the principles of national sovereignty and non-interference - principles that often suit despots around the world. In examining South Africa's foreign policy and relations, the concept of norms subsidiarity (based on the work of Amitav Acharya) is helpful in explaining these apparent inconsistencies. Notes,ref., sum. [Journal abstract]