This article introduces the special issue on ‘South African Foreign Policy: identity, directions, and intentions’. Here we seek to summarize key insights from the contributions to this special issue to deepen understanding of South Africa’s evolving post-apartheid foreign policy through an exploration of the nature and trajectory of key bilateral relationships from both the global ‘South’ (Brazil, China, Iran, the AU) and ‘North’ (Japan and the UK). This window on the country’s international relations enriches understanding of the normative and structural factors that influence not only South African foreign policy, but those of what Edouard Jordaan calls emerging middle powers as they seek to position themselves as influential actors in international affairs. We sketch the contours of these key South African relationships in four areas where the tendencies and tensions of emerging middle power foreign policies are apparent: regionalism, multilateralism, reform of global governance, and approach to moral leadership.

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Keywords AU, Brazil, China, ICC, Iran, Japan, middle power, South Africa, UK
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/14662043.2016.1151164
Journal Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
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Black, D.R. (David R.), & Hornsby, D.J. (2016). South Africa's bilateral relationships in the evolving foreign policy of an emerging middle power. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54(2), 151–160. doi:10.1080/14662043.2016.1151164