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The undoing of a unique relationship? Peace and security in the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership

Haastrup, Toni (2017) The undoing of a unique relationship? Peace and security in the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership. South African Journal of International Affairs, 24 (2). pp. 197-213. ISSN 1022-0461. E-ISSN 1938-0275. (doi:10.1080/10220461.2017.1338615)

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Abstract

When the EU and South Africa acceded to a strategic partnership, they expanded into new areas of partnership. One of these areas was peace and security, which is the focus of this article. The article argues that although there appears to be a shared understanding of what security means, the strategic partnership has not been utilised significantly to further this understanding in practice. This is largely due to the EU’s preferences for a continental, multilateral approach over the bilateralism of a strategic partnership. At the same time, South Africa sees its strategic partnership with the EU as being outside of its broader commitment to regional security. As a result the peace and security element of the strategic partnership has not been leveraged effectively despite several entry points for action. The article thus concludes that both the EU and South Africa need to re-think the current arrangement.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10220461.2017.1338615
Uncontrolled keywords: WPS agenda, peace and security, EU-South Africa relations; capacity building
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Toni Haastrup
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 16:56 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61904 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haastrup, Toni: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6374-1389
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