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Public Debate with Chris Landsberg on The Diplomacy of Transformation at the Centre for the Book

The Diplomacy of Transformation: South African Foreign Policy and StatecraftThe Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town is hosting a public dialogue on South African foreign policy, centered around Chris Landsberg’s The Diplomacy of Transformation: South African Foreign Policy and Statecraft.

Landsberg will be in discussion with Dr Garth le Pere, Senior Partner at DAJO Associates and visiting professor at the University of Pretoria. Aziz Pahad, former South African Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair the event. See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 03 May 2011
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Venue: Centre for the Book,
    62 Queen Victoria Street,
    Gardens, Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP: Lavenia Benjamin,, (021) 689-1005

About the book

From banished spectator to assertive actor, white supremacist South Africa emerged from the cold decades of international pariah-hood to play a transformational role in world affairs. Nearly two decades after the new Republic was democratically and constitutionally reconfigured, what have been the foreign policy agendas and ideologies of successive South African governments? How was foreign policy formulated? What instruments of diplomacy and statecraft did various governments use to execute their agendas? And how have successive governments viewed South Africa in relation to the sub-region, the broader African continent, the global South, the industrialised North, and the global governance terrain?

These are the central questions addressed in The Diplomacy of Transformation as it moves from the period of white minority domination, starting in 1910, through successive governments and transitions, including the De Klerk moment, the Mandela years, the Mbeki era, the Motlanthe months, and the emerging Jacob Zuma period. For scholars, diplomats and interested readers alike, this is an interpretive and accessible analysis that opens up fresh insights into a century of the country’s diplomatic history.

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