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South Africa’s foreign policy future under the GNU

This seminar will explore pathways for foreign policy continuity and change under the new Government of National Unity.

In a new era of coalition politics, South Africa’s Government of National Unity (GNU) could mark a turning point in the country’s international relations. Against this backdrop, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is convening a panel discussion to explore pathways for the constructive evolution of South Africa’s international relations. The focus will be on how the levers of foreign policy making may change, and the broader geopolitical environment in which these changes will occur.

Priyal Singh, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Opening remarks: Dr Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, ISS


  • Prof Cheryl Hendricks, Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Prof Gilbert Khadiagala, Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand and ISS Trustee

Respondent: Moeletsi Mbeki, National Chairman, South African Institute of International Affairs

Closing remarks: Dhesigen Naidoo, Senior Research Associate, ISS

Development partners
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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