Article

The undoing of a unique relationship? Peace and security in the EU–South Africa Strategic Partnership

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2017.1338615

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.

Keywords
EU-South Africa relations; capacity building; peace and security; strategic partnership; crisis management; WPS agenda

Journal
South African Journal of International Affairs: Volume 24, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Kent
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online06/07/2017
Date accepted by journal31/05/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/29790
ISSN1022-0461
eISSN1938-0275