Coming in from the cold: the Transitional Executive Council and South Africa’s reintegration into the international community

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    Abstract

    South Africa’s ‘miraculous’ transition from apartheid to democracy,1990–1994, has been widely investigated in the current literature, but the activities of the Transitional Executive Council, and, more importantly, those of its composite sub-councils have been neglected. This study analyses the significant influence the Sub Council on Foreign Affairs (SCFA) had on the shape of South Africa’s foreign policy after April 1994. The influence the Department of Foreign Affairs had over the organisation and activities of the SCFA is also explored. In shaping
    the final recommendations of the Sub Council, so that they closely represented those of the Department, the SCFA’s proposals also reflected the norms and values of the wider international community. It is argued that entrenched domestic and international interests ‘captured’ the new South Africa’s foreign policy, seriously impinging on the African National Congress’s room for manoeuvre internationally and ultimately acting as a significant factor in accounting for the country’s perceived inconsistent foreign policy after 1994.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-378
    Number of pages20
    JournalCommonwealth & Comparative Politics
    Volume49
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • South Africa
    • Transition
    • Transitional Executive Council (TEC) )
    • Sub Council on Foreign Affairs (SCFA)
    • Foreign policy
    • ANC
    • National Party
    • Post-apartheid

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