Looking for the next generation in South African politics

Jeremy Youde

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    Abstract

    I apply Roskin's generational analysis framework to a non-US case—that of South Africa's foreign policy. Casual observers posit a decisive break between the apartheid and post-apartheid governments in terms of their foreign policy activity, but I argue that we actually see a generational shift in the post-apartheid era. Specifically, we can identify a distinctive change in South African foreign policy between the presidency of Nelson Mandela and the subsequent Mbeki and Zuma administrations. This shift is not one of political party, but rather a generational shift that is likely to influence South African foreign policy for a long period of time. I focus on Mandela's foreign policy actions toward Nigeria in 1996 as providing the catalyst that proved to the new generation the failures of the earlier generation's approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventISA Annual Convention 2010 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
    Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceISA Annual Convention 2010
    Period1/01/10 → …

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