It is a truism in foreign policy that countries can only be strong abroad if they are strong at home. Post-apartheid SA is one of the most unequal societies. Its white-dominated companies are ubiquitous across Africa. The apartheid-era army’s destabilisation of its neighbours has left a distrust of SA’s military interventionism. But SA is the only African country in the Brazil, Russia, India and China (Brics) grouping and the Group of 20 major economies and is one of only 11 global strategic partners of the EU. The recent publication of Foreign Policy in Post-Apartheid SA: Security, Diplomacy and Trade, which I co-edited, is thus much needed. It seeks to bridge the gap between theory and praxis by including six practitioner-authors from SA’s foreign, trade and defence sectors. Half of the authors are from other African countries, as well as from North America, Europe and Asia. SA’s post-1994 foreign policy is examined through four overlapping "concentric circles", the first focusing...

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