SOUTH AFRICA – AFRICA’S LOST LEADER?

Posted by ew205 at Jan 15, 2018 10:12 AM |
New study challenges perception of country as dominant power in Africa
  • Adelphi Book Launch: Africa’s Lost Leader: South Africa’s Continental Role Since Apartheid
  • THURSDAY 25 JANUARY, 12.30-1.30PM

South Africa specialist Dr James Hamill is challenging perceptions of the country as the dominant power in Africa in a new study.

The lecturer from the University of Leicester has published a new book, Africa’s Lost Leader: South Africa’s Continental Role Since Apartheid.

It will be launched by Adelphi on Thursday 25 January at 12.30pm at The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Dr Hamill, of the School of History, Politics and International Relations, said: “When Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president on 10 May 1994, much of the international community expected the post-apartheid South Africa to play a dominant role on the continent: promoting conflict resolution, economic development, and acting as a standard-bearer for democracy and human rights. Yet throughout the presidencies of Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, South Africa has failed to deliver. With new powers now emerging on the continent, South Africa finds itself in economic and military decline, struggling with an onerous domestic agenda. It must now adapt to this new reality in a transitional era likely to shape Africa’s prospects for decades to come.”

Africa’s Lost Leader: South Africa’s Continental Role Since Apartheid explores the country’s complex and difficult relationship with the rest of the continent in the post-apartheid era, and traces the evolution and trajectory of South African policy in Africa.

James Hamill is a lecturer in the School of History, Politics and International Relations. His research interests cover post-1990 South African politics, South African foreign relations in the post-apartheid era, Zimbabwe, the Southern African Development Community, and democracy in Africa. He has contributed articles on these themes to Diplomacy & Statecraft, International Relations, Politikon: The South African Journal of Political Studies, The Round Table, and The World Today. He is also a regular contributor to World Politics Review and The Conversation on contemporary South African politics.

The event will be Chaired by Dr Nicholas Redman Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS and Dr Hamill will be joined by panellist Prof. Jack Spence OBE FKC who is a former Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester.

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