Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2008

Abstract

This article places South Africa's foreign policy towards the Middle East in the context of the country's general foreign policy. South Africa is classified as a middle power, given its penCHANt for international 'bridge-building' and multilateralism. With regard to the Middle East, South Africa has frequently offered itself as a mediator in the region's various conflicts and continues to do so. However, the argument proposed here is that there is an 'anti-imperialist' strain in South Africa's foreign policy that renders it unlikely to be regarded as an impartial broker in the various Middle East conflicts. South Africa's middle power proclivities, as well as its anti-imperialist tendencies, are demonstrated with regard to Iran's nuclear ambitions, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, recent events involving Lebanon, and Hamas's 2006 electoral victory.

Keywords

South African foreign policy, Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq

Discipline

International Relations | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Round Table

Volume

97

Issue

397

First Page

547

Last Page

559

ISSN

0035-8533

Identifier

10.1080/00358530802207344

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1080/00358530802207344

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