Thirty years of South African foreign policy and UK relations

Description: In the wake of South Africa’s historic transition to democracy in 1994, symbolized by Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as president, the global community, particularly Western nations, hailed the dawn of a ‘new South Africa’, capable of assuming a vital role in fostering conflict resolution, driving economic prosperity across Africa, and championing democracy and human rights worldwide.

In its post-apartheid foreign policy, South Africa has notably served three terms on the UN Security Council, advocated for the expansion of BRICS, and will be the first African host of the G20 in 2025. However, its continental ambitions have been limited by resistance to its economic expansion and democratic principles, and doubts about its suitability as Africa’s global representative. Moreover, domestic political and economic challenges have posed obstacles to successive administrations’ pursuit of regional and global agendas.

At this event, speakers will reflect on the complexities of South Africa’s foreign relations and examine both historical dynamics and future prospects of its relationship with the UK.

This event is held in partnership with the British International Studies Association (BISA). The event will be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.

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Date:  9:30am to 1:15pm, Fri 10th May 2024

Venue:  Zoom

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