South Africa and Trajectories of Regional Cooperation in Southern Africa

This paper attempts to understand projects of regional cooperation in southern Africa in a broader historical perspective. It is woven around the changing status of the Republic of South Africa. Both in its apartheid as well as postapartheid phase South Africa has dominated the political economy of the southern African region. In spite of such dominance, paradoxically, the idea of regional cooperation gained wider support when the SADCC countries united to counter the subimperial role of South Africa in the 1980s. This project of regional cooperation gathered fresh support after postapartheid South Africa joined the SADC. Certain problems in southern Africa can be solved only within a framework of regionalism. South Africa’s capacity to play a mediator’s role in a range of areas from security to economy could bind different States with common concerns and herald the advent of regionalism and integration in southern Africa. Notes, ref.

Title: South Africa and Trajectories of Regional Cooperation in Southern Africa
Author: Harshe, Rajen
Year: 1999
Periodical: Africa Quarterly
Volume: 39
Issue: 4
Pages: 79-98
Language: English
Geographic terms: Southern Africa
South Africa
Abstract: This paper attempts to understand projects of regional cooperation in southern Africa in a broader historical perspective. It is woven around the changing status of the Republic of South Africa. Both in its apartheid as well as postapartheid phase South Africa has dominated the political economy of the southern African region. In spite of such dominance, paradoxically, the idea of regional cooperation gained wider support when the SADCC countries united to counter the subimperial role of South Africa in the 1980s. This project of regional cooperation gathered fresh support after postapartheid South Africa joined the SADC. Certain problems in southern Africa can be solved only within a framework of regionalism. South Africa’s capacity to play a mediator’s role in a range of areas from security to economy could bind different States with common concerns and herald the advent of regionalism and integration in southern Africa. Notes, ref.