• Adelphi Books

    Introduction: South Africa as a hegemonic power

    25 January 2018. 

    Since 1994, South Africa has struggled to translate its military prowess, economic weight and reserves of soft power into tangible or enduring influence on the ground in Africa. This book explores these difficulties and argues that Pretoria’s lack of strategic vision has gradually eroded its leadership position, which will likely give rise to a new environment in which South Africa is no longer the pre-eminent power on the continent.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: The plight of the South African National Defence Force

    25 January 2018. 

    Given the implications of state fragility for conflict in Africa, the demand for peace operations on the continent is likely to grow, and South Africa will be expected to play a pivotal role. However, chronic underfunding, highlighted by the recent South African Defence Review 2014, has left glaring weaknesses in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). This chapter analyses the shortfalls of the SANDF, the prospects for reform and the implications of this capability crisis for South Africa's continental leadership ambitions.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: Tentative hegemony from Mandela to Zuma

    25 January 2018. 

    South Africa has tried to work in concert with with other African states on economic development, conflict management, good governance and institution-building. This chapter reviews South Africa's regional policies under its three post-apartheid presidents: Nelson Mandela (1994–1999), Thabo Mbeki (1999–2008) and Jacob Zuma 2009–present).

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: The African Renaissance versus the South African Renaissance?

    25 January 2018. 

    The greatest threats to South Africa's long-term interests and leadership aspirations on the continent are the structural weaknesses of its economy, widespread poverty in the country and other crippling socio-economic problems that have continued to blight the post-apartheid era. This chapter discusses South Africa's need to focus on domestic socio-economic change, at the expense of a deep, sustained engagement with other African states.

  • Adelphi Books

    Conclusion: South Africa in Africa: The challenges of the new multipolarity

    25 January 2018. 

    The central question facing South Africa as it prepares to move into the post-Zuma era is whether the ANC can restore its credibility – battered over a decade of egregious misrule – as a competent party of government. The book's conclusion considers what may lie beyond hegemony for South Africa and the wider continent, a future replete with both opportunities and dangers.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: South Africa’s image problem in Africa

    25 January 2018. 

    For the West, South Africa is Africa's most important and progressive actor. Yet, many other African states resent Pretoria's paternalistic role and suspect it of using Africa as a vehicle for its own global self-promotion. This chapter examines South Africa's numerous image problems on the continent, resulting from both its economic and corporate expansionism, as well as its ongoing domestic struggles with corruption scandals and xenophobic attacks.

  • Adelphi Books

    Africa’s Lost Leader: South Africa’s continental role since apartheid

    25 January 2018.  Africa’s Lost Leader: South Africa’s Continental Role Since Apartheid is a new Adelphi book written by James Hamill, which challenges South Africa’s perceived status as the dominant power in Africa. His timely study 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.

  • Adelphi Books

    Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century

    23 October 2017. 

    This Adelphi book argues that the US need not replicate its Cold War triad to achieve credible and reliable deterrence.

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    Global Launch: Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century

    23 October 2017. 

    Monday 23 October, 2–3pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Dr James E. Doyle, author, Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

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