El fin de la luna de miel de Sudáfrica

Se ha acabado la luna de miel entre Sudáfrica y la comunidad internacional. Los problemas internos y la inestabilidad regional hacen que la política exterior esté volviéndose una vía cada vez menos firme para el gobierno del Presidente Thabo Mbeki del Congreso Nacional Africano (CNA).

Los problemas internos de Sudáfrica –y muy en particular el recrudecimiento de la epidemia del sida– están bien documentados desde que el CNA llegó al poder hace más de diez años, pero la posición del país como participante en la comunidad internacional ha sido menos evidente. Había grandes esperanzas, tanto dentro del país como en el extranjero, de que Sudáfrica tuviera mayor influencia de lo normal en los asuntos internacionales, al capitalizar el extraordinario e inesperado acuerdo constitucional logrado por Nelson Mandela y F. W. de Klerk en 1994.

Al principio, una política exterior basada en la brillante reputación mundial de Nelson Mandela permitió al país proyectarse como un ciudadano internacional ejemplar. El gobierno aspiraba a desempeñar un papel constructivo en toda África, hacer de portavoz de los intereses del tercer mundo en las Naciones Unidas y otras instancias y promover el fin de la plétora de conflictos que aquejaban al continente.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in

  1. Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images

    The Summit of Climate Hopes

    Presidents, prime ministers, and policymakers gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit. But with no senior US representative attending, is the 2015 Paris climate agreement still viable?

  2. Trump greets his supporters The Washington Post/Getty Images

    Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

    • In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. 

    • Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
  3. Agents are bidding on at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

    The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

    A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.

  4.  An inside view of the 'AknRobotics' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Two Myths About Automation

    While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.

  5. A student shows a combo pictures of three dictators, Austrian born Hitler, Castro and Stalin with Viktor Orban Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images

    The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

    The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.

  6. Project Syndicate

    DEBATE: Should the Eurozone Impose Fiscal Union?

    French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?

  7. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now