Volume 23.4 includes articles on the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement, Islamic State, and Ubuntu, public policy ethics and South African foreign policy. The latter article, by Mzukisi Qobo and Nceku Nyathi, stands out in light of current events in South Africa following the cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. The abstract follows:
This article examines the practicability of Ubuntu in public policy, in particular the domain that concerns South Africa’s external relations. The authors contend that advancing Ubuntu in a world that is increasingly fractured along identity lines, marked by anxiety, and characterised by realism and interplays of power is an ideal worth pursuing. This article shows that there is dissonance in South Africa in the rhetoric that champions Ubuntu and the actual policy practice in crucial dimensions. The authors not only set out to mark the contours of the disjuncture between the rhetoric of Ubuntu and its application in both public policy and foreign policy, but also make a case for advancing Ubuntu as an integral part of public policy and a standard against which to measure success.
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Published by Taylor and Francis, the contents of this issue are:
- Ubuntu, Public Policy Ethics and Tensions in South Africa’s Foreign Policy, By Mzukisi Qobo and Nceku Nyathi
- The particular role of religion in Islamic State, By Hussein Solomon
- What does the EU-SADC EPA really say? An analysis of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Southern Africa, By Gijs Berends
- ‘States have emotions too’: an affect-centred approach to South African foreign relations, By Bianca Naudé
- Burkina Faso: Between Taiwan’s active public diplomacy and China’s business attractiveness, By Jean-Pierre Cabestan
- From rebels to politicians: explaining the transformation of the RCD-Goma and the MLC in the Democratic Republic of Congo, By Sadiki Koko
- Envisioning a more equitable and sustainable future. The fourth industrial revolution, by Klaus Schwab, and Blood oil: Tyrants, violence and the rules that run the world, by Leif Wenar, A review by Ross Harvey
- African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World, by Tukufu Zuberi
- Regionalism in Africa: Genealogies, institutions and trans-state networks, by Daniel Bach
- The petro-developmental state in Africa. Making oil work in Angola, Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea, by Jesse Salah Ovadia
- Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in SA, by Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner
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