South Africa's Military and Peacekeeping Efforts: A new paradigm shift in its foreign policy since 1994

Toyin Cotties Adetiba
2017 Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies  
One of the South Africa's great soft power attributes has been the attraction and power of its transition to inclusive democratic governance after a long period of apartheid rule. This gave South Africa a certain moral authority and prestige to play very significant roles in conflict resolution and mediation through peacekeeping operations. Every government in an ever-changing and dynamic geopolitical environment ensure that its defence force cum foreign policy conform to the international
more » ... international environment while aiming at the defence and protection of its national interests. Using interpretive approach; this work argues that; fundamentally, there are three basic factors that reinforce South Africa's participation in peacekeeping which are politics, economy and security. By extension these three elements is considered a transformational agent of South Africa's economy. SANDF is, therefore, considered a dynamic and exceptional foreign policy tool that complements and at same time enhances South Africa's diplomatic manoeuvrings and influence within the wider international developments. It is concluded that South Africa's multilateral and foreign policy agendas have been driven by the pursuit of its national interest while trying to ensure peace in other African states.
doi:10.22610/jebs.v9i5.1920 fatcat:4askrycddzdshaggkbgl5wrngm