South Africa and the Politics of Regional Integration in Southern Africa in the Post-Apartheid Era

  • Paul B. Rich


The Southern African region is likely to face continuing political and economic instability during the transition in South Africa towards majority rule. The prospect of a black-led government in Pretoria might well be met politically with considerable euphoria by the neighbouring states of the region but with rather more reserve as far as the question of closer economic and political cooperation is concerned. A black South African government is likely at least to make overtures in the direction of promoting regional integration in Southern Africa, but this will largely be in accordance with the perceived national interests of the new post-colonial South African state.2 While there may be considerable overtures towards greater pan African solidarity in the new South African regime’s foreign policy, it will be hard to translate this into real policy outcomes.


Foreign Policy Regional Integration Structural Adjustment Regional Cooperation Ruling Elite 
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