International Relations and Foreign Policy

Since the end of Apartheid, the democratic South African government has held a reputation for “boxing above its weight” in international diplomacy. Noted for responding cautiously to the dualities that exist within the international system and favouring soft power strategies, the South African foreign policy-makers perform a balancing act between various domestic and international actors. We support a South African foreign policy that is independent and of nonaligned posture of strategic autonomy. In this context, we seek to assist South Africa deepen the linkage between foreign and domestic priorities, harness coordination among these state and non-state actors and strengthen the foreign policy infrastructure available.

Through our activities, we promote spaces for participation, exchange, training, reflection and analysis. In addition, we support research and organize debates between diverse representatives of political life including civil society, trade unions, universities, think tanks and the media.

Caught between Afro - Southern Solidarism and Liberal  Cosmopolitan values: Four Turning points in South  Africa’s Human Rights Foreign Policy
Occasional Paper Series

Caught between Afro - Southern Solidarism and Liberal Cosmopolitan values: Four Turning points in South Africa’s Human Rights Foreign Policy

South Africa’s foreign policy is entrapped: it is trapped between Afro-Southern (or Africa-South-South) solidarism, on the one hand, and lofty liberal cosmopolitan values, including human rights, on the other. more


Tuesday, 19.03.19 - Garden Court Marine Parade Hotel, 167 O R Tambo Parade, Durban | International Relations | Event

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa in partnership with the International and Public Affairs Cluster, School of Social Sciences, UKZN

"South African Political Parties Face the World in an Election Year: A Foreign Policy Panel Discussion"

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07.03.2019 | International Relations | Event

Essay Writing Competition


Essay-Writing Competition and Conference Opportunity – Calling all International and Public...

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Recent Publications

Daniel, Marie

Coopération multinationale Sud-Africaine en Afrique

Négocier avec les multinationales
Johannesburg, 2018

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Awater, Markus

Der ANC im Umbruch

Zumas schwieriges Erbe und Ramaphosas Neuanfang
Berlin, 2018

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Youth Leadership programme
Youth Project

Youth Leadership programme

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa believes in the power of young people. It invites 20 aspiring and talented students from Eastern Cape Universities (Fort Hare, Rhodes, NMMU) to the 2016 “Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy” – a leadership programme supplementing the formal academic curriculum of university students.

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