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Title:What Mbeki did next: continuities in the presidential and post-presidential diplomacy of Thabo Mbeki
Author:Moore, Candice
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:heads of State
foreign policy
About person:Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (1942-)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2014.926255
Abstract:Thabo Mbeki's presidency was credited with bringing vision and substance to South Africa's foreign policy through his emphasis on the African agenda. He has continued his prominent diplomatic role since the end of his official terms in office. This article examines the post-presidency of Mbeki in the context of Africa's 'second-wave' of democracy, which has created the opportunity for a number of former presidents and prime ministers to continue to play a meaningful role in public life after leaving office. The article examines Mbeki's activities since leaving office, especially his mediating activities in Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast, and his role as Chair of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP), and their interaction with South African foreign policy and with his own role in the governing ANC since being recalled from the Presidency by the party. The conclusion draws together the findings and considers Mbeki's lasting contribution to Africa's international relations. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]