Emerging Powers Seminar Series

Throughout the three presidential eras of Mandela, Mbeki, and Zuma there have been common themes and principles in South Africa’s foreign policy that have stressed Africa, South-South cooperation, North-South dialogue, and embedding its foreign policy conduct in the normative foundations of multilateralism. These principles are often at odds with the country’s more instrumental concerns about trade, investment, commerce, and the material sources of hegemony. How does this affect the political leadership’s ability to pursue strategic development objectives at home and abroad? 

Garth le Pere, founder and former Director (1994-2010) of the Institute for Global Dialogue and Senior Partner, DAJO Associates. He teaches at the University of Pretoria’s master course in Diplomatic Studies for senior officials in South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation. He is the author and editor of numerous books and reports on South Africa’s foreign policy, South-South relations and China’s role in Africa. He consults regularly for the South African government on foreign policy issues.

Moderator: Jan Speed, journalist and web-editor in Bistandsaktuelt.

Discussant: Elling N. Tjønneland, senior researcher and coordinator of the Aid Cluster, Chr. Michelsen Institute