SOUTH AFRICA AND REGIONAL STABILITY IN THE MBEKI ERA: THE NEXUS BETWEEN PERSONALITY AND GEO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONCERNS IN FOREIGN POLICY MAKING

Authors

  • Olajide Olayemi Akanji Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.69556

Keywords:

South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, Regional Stability, Peacebuilding, Foreign Policy

Abstract

This paper examines the role that South Africa during Mbeki’s presidency played in peace and security issues of Southern African Development Community (SADC). The paper infers that South Africa under Mbeki adopted a peace-building approach, comprising mediation, negotiation, peacekeeping, promotion of democracy and election monitoring, in addressing peace and security challenges in the SADC. It however argues that it was the person of Mbeki, shaped by his leadership and revolutionary experiences in the African National Congress (ANC) during apartheid era, alongside South Africa’s economic strength that underlined and shaped its approach and contributions to SADC peace and security.

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Author Biography

Olajide Olayemi Akanji, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan; Senior Research Associate, African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg. akanjijide@yahoo.com

Published

2017-03-23

How to Cite

Akanji, O. O. (2017). SOUTH AFRICA AND REGIONAL STABILITY IN THE MBEKI ERA: THE NEXUS BETWEEN PERSONALITY AND GEO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONCERNS IN FOREIGN POLICY MAKING. AUSTRAL: Brazilian Journal of Strategy &Amp; International Relations, 5(10). https://doi.org/10.22456/2238-6912.69556

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