Tag: South African diplomacy

Africa, Opinion

How Mbeki and Obasanjo used soft power in Africa’s interests

By Oluwaseun Tella The concept of soft power has been part of the parlance of international relations for three decades. Soft power actors use non-coercive and persuasive means to achieve their objectives. Attraction rather than force is their preferred language. The application of soft power remains focused on states because of their primacy […]

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South Africa hardens ‘quiet diplomacy’ on ‘paranoid’ Mnangagwa

Dispute between former liberation movements makes clear frustration with situation in Harare By Joseph Cotterill in Johannesburg A dispute between the ruling parties of South Africa and Zimbabwe is threatening the longstanding alliance between two former liberation movements that for decades helped shore up the regime of Robert Mugabe and […]