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The Emerging Foreign Policy Under Zuma Continuity Or Change

3110 words - 13 pages

The emerging foreign policy under president Zuma continuity or change

By Thabang Shaun Dladla

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1. Introduction…………………………………………………..2
2. Definition of concept………………………………………..2
3.1 Foreign policy………………………………………………..3
3.2 National interest…………………………………………….3
3. The Mandela foreign policy ……………………………….3
4. The Mbeki foreign policy……………………………………5
5. The Zuma foreign policy……………………………………7
6. Is it a continuity or change…………………………………8
7. Conclusion…………………………………………………..9
8. References…………………………………………………..10

1. Introduction

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This is to show that there is continuation from the previous administrations, but then the question arises is the South African foreign policy a stationary or uniform type of policy since the obtainment of democracy? No this may not be the case because the ultimate determinant and fundamental objective for states to conduct foreign policy is for the pursuit of their national interest, so this assignment seeks to clarify the confusion that the Zuma administration foreign policy will change of course it is not the exact equivalent as the other policies but it continues to pursue national interest.

2. Definition of key concept

2.1 Foreign policy: - according to Jones (1970:11) Foreign policy is the collection of measures by no means essentially coherent, utilized by Governments or decision makers of a state to meet the interests best suited to their state, this is to say foreign policy is not a perfect course of action it does not exist in a plane different from the rest of human activities. “It is never free from muddle, from mistaken information, from the clash of perspective, from human infirmity in all its social guises. But it is a specific area of political activity with some kinds of difficulties, but it is not a cut off from other areas and it does not exist in some kind of special medium”, Jones (1970:11).

2.2 national interests: - this includes self preservation, independence, territorial integrity, military security, economic wellbeing and this is the basic determinant of states to engage in foreign relations, Mingst (2008:63).

3. The Mandela foreign policy

According to Landsberg (2007:251) before the 1994 democratic elections the African National Congress (ANC) had already started to make promises of restructuring the foreign policy of the Republic of South Africa, strengthening regional cooperation as well as continental integration as it had already had special affiliations with countries which supported it in the anti apartheid movement as well as those that were affected by that regime of racial discrimination. As soon as the ANC took its place in power after winning the elections with a two thirds majority they started their duty and felt it worthwhile to restructure the foreign policies of their predecessors, so they chose a “highly moralistic and principles driven foreign policy” which was however hard to implement because it had to let go of all security considerations. The key actor in South Africa’s foreign policy was the department responsible for international relations and cooperation which was the department of foreign affairs, it together with government drafted guiding principles for behavior of foreign relations Landsberg further quotes the minister of foreign affairs when he said that the basic tenets of foreign policy of south Africa are principles which determine the kind of nation and world they envisaged, Landsberg (2007:252). Furthermore the foreign policy of the Mandela administrations was highly...

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