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The role of the international community in the South African transition : a critical review

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dc.contributor.author Dormehl AC en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:38Z
dc.date.submitted 1993 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25712
dc.description.abstract Perhaps the first serious attempt to address this gap in the debate over South Africa's future was D. Kempton and L. Mosia's. "The International Community in South Africa's Transition to non-racial Democracy" (1992). Before multiparty negotiations collapsed in June 1992, Kempton and Mosia examined the attitudes toward international intervention of most of the Codesa participants, as well as the major actors that had remained outside Codesa. This paper takes up the issue where Kempton and Mosia left off. It tries to explain transitional politics since the IC introduced an on-the-ground presence after the UN Security Council debates on South Africa in July 1992. It asks why, eight months after multiparty talks were suspended, the IC has been unable to revive multiparty negotiations, has apparently had little or no impact on the violence, and despite events like Boipatong and Bisho, still plays a minor peacekeeping role, confined to observer status. The research describes internal and external components of international intervention, examines the rationale behind the agreed forms of international participation, and assesses the viability of the internationally-supported conflict-resolution and transition-management structures that were formed to facilitate the transition. The evidence uncovered by the research leads the author to the conclusion that more of an international role is necessary, and sooner rather than later, but he concedes that this is not feasible, or likely, under the status quo. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Political science en
dc.subject International politics en
dc.title The role of the international community in the South African transition : a critical review en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en

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