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Nelson Mandela (right), with former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, saw human rights as central to South Africa’s foreign affairs. Reuters

South Africa’s foreign policy has been at sixes and sevens – here’s why

South Africa's decision to leave the ICC suggests that its foreign policy is caught in a dilemma between lofty ideas, an unsettled identity crisis, and shifting priorities in a complex world.
South African National Defence Force soldiers help to unload maize for flood victims in. Mozambique. Reuters

Why South Africa’s plans to militarise humanitarian work are misguided

The South African military's capabilities for socio-economic development are questionable, even in its own country. The force is in critical decline, but is expected to aid humanitarian efforts.
The relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has again been strained following xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Enduring tensions bedevil Nigeria-South Africa relations

The relationship between Africa's two great powers, Nigeria and South Africa, has had its ups and downs, but has been relatively cordial since 1999.