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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The undoing of a unique relationship? Peace and security in the EU–South Africa Strategic Partnership
Author(s): Haastrup, Toni
Keywords: EU-South Africa relations
capacity building
peace and security
strategic partnership
crisis management
WPS agenda
Issue Date: 2017
Date Deposited: 5-Jun-2019
Citation: Haastrup T (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.
Abstract: When the European Union (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. © 2017 The South African Institute of International Affairs.
DOI Link: 10.1080/10220461.2017.1338615
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in South African Journal of International Affairs on 6 Jul 2017, available online:
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