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Superpower or neocolonialist? South Africa in Africa
Date: 9 June 2016
Time: 14h00 - 15h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court, map

Is South Africa still a leader and influential player in Africa? The post-apartheid government invested in peace initiatives in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Africa was hailed as an example of peaceful transition to democracy.

Today South Africa’s position on the continent is quite different. Initiatives like the African Capacity for Intervention in Crisis have failed to rally strong support and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is stepping down as chairperson of the African Union Commission after just one term.

What does this say about South Africa’s foreign policy? Is its focus on relations with BRICS nations like China? Are strategic partnerships with countries such as Nigeria likely? Liesl Louw-Vaudran, author of a new book on South Africa’s role in Africa, will debate these questions with experts in the field.

Chair: Stephanie Wolters, Head, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis division, ISS 


  • Liesl Louw-Vaudran, ISS Consultant
  • Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS
  • Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Head, Institute for Global Dialogue and a member of SA Council on Foreign Relations
The ISS is grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Penelope Mandula
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Stephanie Wolters
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
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