Globalization and Emerging Trends in African States' Foreign Policy-making Process: A Comparative Perspective of Southern Africa

An analysis of African states' foreign policies and their policy-making processes. Almost without exception there is a general consensus that developments over the last two decades of the 20th century have not only undermined the capacity of African states to play a meaningful role in the international system, but more critically, multilateralized foreign policy-making processes. No longer is the weak nation-state the sole captain of its fate, because an array of actors ranging from multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations (international and national), trade lobby and more have become important in the sphere of foreign policy-making processes. Contributing authors examine foreign policies as well as the impact of the interlocking interplay of the multiplicity of actors on foreign policy-making in Southern African countries in the era of globalization. The volume is not based on the members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) per se , but on Southern Africa as a contiguous geographical region with socio-cultural and econo-political linkages. Not surprisingly, a couple of SADC member countries are missing from the volume. For example Tanzania - though an active participant in the FLS deliberations during the apartheid era, and a member of SADC - is excluded.