Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.
Chapter 12: South African Foreign Policy: Power and Post-Apartheid Identity
South African Foreign Policy: Power and Post-Apartheid Identity
During the Cold War, South Africa's foreign policy was dominated by the issue of apartheid (racial segregation). Because that policy became increasingly controversial as the world became more conscious of human rights, South Africa's leaders were forced to continually defend their country's domestic policies. Then, in the early 1990s, South Africa experienced a dramatic change in its political system. The new regime, led by President Nelson Mandela, set out to transform South Africa, which included making significant changes in both its domestic and foreign policy. In this chapter, Derick Becker describes how post-apartheid South Africa has incorporated new actors in the foreign policy process, has tried harder to ...