Life beyond BRICS? South Africa's future foreign policy interests

Africa should remain the focus of the country's foreign and economic policy.

South Africa is rapidly approaching the end of Jacob Zuma’s tenure as president. This report examines South Africa’s current diplomatic, economic and other relations and presents a set of broad priorities that could help guide a post-Zuma presidency. Notably, Africa should remain the focus of South Africa’s foreign and economic policy, but not to the exclusion of important trading and investment partners.


About the author

Dr Jakkie Cilliers is the founder of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He stepped down as executive director in 2015, and is now ISS Board of Trustees chairman and head of the African Futures and Innovation programme. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria.

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Development partners
This report is made possible with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the other members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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