A Comparative Study on South Africa Foreign Policy before and after Apartheid era: From Geopolitics of War to Geopolitics of Peace

Document Type : Original Article


1 - Full Professor, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

2 - Ph.D, African Studies Center, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran

3 - Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Tehran


During the four decades of apartheid era, the South Africa was in conflicts with its neighboring countries and other members of the world society, which resulted in international isolation. The pressure on the apartheid regime was increased, therefore the regime had to change its policy and negotiate with the opposition groups. Consequently the change of agents (de klerk, Mandela) paved the way for the complete elimination of the apartheid. The new regime after apartheid adopted a policy of "respect to human right, justice and equality" and therefore improved its relations with neighboring countries and international society. Thus new policy brought security, cooperation and development to the region.


Volume 2, Issue 5 - Serial Number 6
September 2006
Pages 27-55
  • Receive Date: 14 February 2007
  • Revise Date: 02 March 2007
  • Accept Date: 29 April 2007
  • First Publish Date: 29 April 2007