No. 102 – South Africa: A hamstrung Regional Power (October 2011) / CSS Analysis in Security Policy /

On paper, South Africa meets all the criteria for taking on a regional hegemonial role in southern Africa: Economic power, political weight, military might, and moral authority. But because of an erratic foreign policy and a lack of regional acceptance, Pretoria is experiencing significant difficulties in playing the regional leadership role that the countries of the West expect of it and to which its own elites aspire. This contrasts with South Africa’s selfconfident demeanour on the global stage.

Author: Daniel Trachsler

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